Lanka floods: Death toll continues to mount

RSTV Bureau
Wehangalla village : Sri Lankan flood victims carry an elderly woman as she is evacuated from a flood-hit area in Wehangalla village in Kalutara district, Sri Lanka, Saturday, May 27, 2017. Sri Lanka has appealed for outside help as dozens were killed in floods and mudslides and dozens others went missing. AP/PTI

Wehangalla village : Sri Lankan flood victims carry an elderly woman as she is evacuated from a flood-hit area in Wehangalla village in Kalutara district, Sri Lanka, Saturday, May 27, 2017. Sri Lanka has appealed for outside help as dozens were killed in floods and mudslides and dozens others went missing. AP/PTI

The death toll from the torrential rains and floods in Sri Lanka continues to rise. As rescuers pull out more bodies every day, the toll stands at 151.  Over half a million people have been displaced and more than 100 are still missing.

Heavy flooding and landslides have been reported in Batticaloa, Colombo, Galle, Gampaha, Hambantota, Kalutara, Kandy, Kegalle, Matale, Matara, Mulaitivu, Ratnapura, Trincomalee and Vavuniya.

“The worst hit is the southern district of Galle,” a UN statement said.

The Nilawala River faces the possibility of a dam burst which can put the entire Matara town under water, officials said.

Around 4,42,299 people belonging to 1,14,124 families have been affected in 15 districts due to the flood situation, the Disaster Management Centre said.

“Although the heavy rainy condition has reduced temporary, showery conditions are likely to enhance again over south-western part of the island from 29th May 2017,” the Meteorological Department said.

Sri Lanka sought international assistance to deal with the crisis. India promised three Navy ships with emergency supplies to help the island country.

Sri Lanka’s tri-forces personnel including more than 1,000 Army troops were engaged in the rescue and relief operations.

The flooding is the worst since May 2003 when 250 people were killed and 10,000 homes destroyed after a similarly powerful Southwest monsoon, officials had said.

(With inputs from agencies)