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Toll from Sri Lanka floods, landslides rises to 82

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  23 May 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Colombo, May 22: The toll from Sri Lanka’s floods and landslides reached 82 on Sunday while 500,000 people have been affected, the country’s Disaster Magement Centre said. While heavy rains continued to lash several districts till Sunday, the DMC said the threat of floods and landslides remained in many areas, Xinhua news agency reported. Rescue teams continued efforts to provide aid and water to people in flood-affected areas and those who needed to be evacuated were being shifted to safer camps. So far, 200,000 people have left their homes and sought refuge at temporary shelters set up by the government. Medical help was also reaching out to people who were injured in the floods, and health officials said there was a threat of water-borne diseases once water levels receded. Search operations continued in Arayake, in Sri Lanka’s central Kegalle district, after a massive landslide hit the area on Tuesday evening, burying three villages. (IANS)

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