Sri Lanka floods: Death toll climbs to 164, met dept says Cyclone Mora moving away from island nation

The death toll from the floods and landslides which hit Sri Lanka has increased to 164, with 104 people still reportedly missing.

IANS May 30, 2017 07:50:35 IST
Sri Lanka floods: Death toll climbs to 164, met dept says Cyclone Mora moving away from island nation

Colombo: The death toll from the devastating floods and landslides which hit Sri Lanka has increased to 164, with 104 people still reportedly missing, the Disaster Management Centre said on Monday.

Over 400,000 people were affected by the severe rains and strong winds that started on 24 May, and over 1,00,000 people were relocated, Xinhua reported.

People residing in low lying areas towards southern Sri Lanka were advised to evacuate due to the threat of rivers overflowing as the meteorology department on Monday warned of more rains followed by strong winds.

The meteorology department said that the depression in the east central Bay of Bengal had intensified in to a Cyclonic storm "MORA" but was now moving away from the island.

Sri Lanka floods Death toll climbs to 164 met dept says Cyclone Mora moving away from island nation

A bird's eye view of the devastation caused by the floods in Sri Lanka. PTI

Under its influence cloudy skies, windy and showery conditions are expected across the country, the department said.

"Strong winds about 80 kmph can be expected over the country (these wind conditions are especially expected over the western slope of the central hills) and surrounding sea areas," the department said in its latest weather report.

It also said that rains or thundershowers would occur at times in the western, Sabaragamuwa, southern, north-western and central provinces.

Heavy rains above 100 mm could be expected at some places, particularly in the western slope of the central hills.

Aid has continued to pour into Sri Lanka.

Tri forces along with rescue teams continued search and rescue operations while many other teams were also seen distributing dry ration and food to those who remained in their houses which were partially inundated.

Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena who visited some of the worst affected areas over the weekend has assured immediate relief to the victims, and has pledged to build new homes.

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