Death toll rises to 100 in Sri Lanka's floods, landslides
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 7:05
An appeal has been made by Sri Lanka's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in coordination with the Ministry of Disaster Management, to the United Nations, International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) and neighbouring countries to provide assistance to affected people, especially in the affected areas.
The floods which were caused due to heavy rainfall, rendered over 2,900 people homeless, the Disaster Management Centre said.
The army, navy and air force were still trying to reach marooned villagers and move people from areas prone to mudslides, he said.
The authorities stepped up sending cooked food and other essentials to tens of thousands of people who were forced out of their flooded homes in seven districts.
At an intersection close to Agalawatte, 60 miles south of capital Colombo, four bodies in coffins were kept in a house, awaiting boats to be taken to a temple where displaced people have taken refuge. It reminded that only a few weeks ago it had donated 10,000 tonnes of rice as drought relief to Sri Lanka.
Floods and landslides in Sri Lanka's southern and western regions have killed at least 122 people, officials said Saturday, while the country's Disaster Management Center said 97 people were still reported missing and almost 500,000 were displaced.
Sri Lankan residents travel by boat through floodwaters on May 27, 2017 in Kaduwela.
Earlier, the head of military rescue operations Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe told the BBC that troops had reached all the affected areas and the risk to life had receded.
As the catastrophic landslides and floods that have plagued Sri Lanka in the last three days, the Indian Government has provided relief material to the island nation.
Authorities said five rivers burst their banks as a result of a powerful monsoon.
India is sending another ship due to arrive on Sunday after Sri Lanka issued an worldwide appeal for help.
The DMC said that the total number of people affected by the adverse weather conditions has risen to 493,455.