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Sri Lanka’s floods death toll rises to 91, more rains in next 24 hours

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Death toll from Sri Lanka's landslides, floods rises to 91

Colombo, May 27: The flash floods and Landslides in Sri Lanka’s has forced the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to approach for the global help after the death toll rose to 91.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has activated the Emergency Response Unit of the Ministry, to coordinate rescue and relief measures related to the flood situation in several parts of Sri Lanka,” Xinhua news cited a statement from the ministry as saying on Friday.
“In this regard, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in coordination with the Ministry of Disaster Management, has made an appeal to UN, International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) and neighbouring countries to provide assistance to affected people, especially in the areas of search and rescue operations.”

A military official walks through the mud during a rescue mission at the site of a landslide in Bellana village in Kalutara, Sri Lanka

A military official walks through the mud during a rescue mission at the site of a landslide in Bellana village in Kalutara, Sri Lanka May 26, 2017. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

The Disaster Management Center provided the report of casualties from flash floods and landslides by Friday evening while 110 people were reported missing and over 52,000 displaced just after hours of severe rain and strong winds.

Evacuations have also begun in the bordering areas of the capital as a flood warning has been issued in the view of rising waters in three major rivers.

Hours of rains and winds had inundates towns, railways and highways hampering transport services while the Education Ministry ordered schools to be close due to the inclement weather.

As search for those missing continued by the tri forces, police however said the death toll could rise.

The Meteorology Department has warned of more rains in the next 24 hours.

 Wefornews Bureau

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