Rain-triggered mudslides in Sri Lanka kill 10 people

Rain-triggered mudslides in Sri Lanka kill 10 people

"The (foreign) ministry will continue to monitor the flood situation and seek assistance as required in consultation with the Ministry of Disaster Management", the government has stated.

Floods and landslides caused by heavy rains across Sri Lanka claimed 26 lives and left 42 people missing, an emergency official said Friday.

Sri Lanka issued an worldwide appeal for help as reports came in from areas which had been inaccessible earlier in the day, with neighbouring India sending two shiploads of emergency relief supplies as well as medical teams.

The DMC said the death toll has risen to 92 and another 110 remain missing with reports coming in from areas which were inaccessible earlier in the day.

According to figures made available by the DMC this evening, 53, 000 persons in 14 districts have been affected.

Heavy rain also flooded several parts of the southern Galle and Matara districts - both popular tourist destinations.

Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardana told reporters that the adverse weather conditions could escalate. Mudslides and floods triggered by heavy rains in Sri Lanka killed more than a dozen pe.

"Sri Lankan meteorology officials said Thursday's rains are the worst since 2003", the wire service says.

In May past year, more than 100 people died when they were buried in a massive landslide in central Sri Lanka.

A massive landslide in central Sri Lanka killed more than 100 people last May.

Indian Navy has dispatched three ships to help in rescue and relief operations of Colombo.

The majority of the deaths were reported from the Kalutara district 40 kilometres south of the capital, where 37 deaths have been confirmed, UDC Jayalal.

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