Sri Lanka says finding survivors among 99 missing doubtful
- Author: Leroy Wright May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 5:12
(CNN) - At least 151 people have been killed and 111 are missing because of flooding from monsoon rains across southwestern portions of Sri Lanka, according to the country's Ministry of Disaster Management.
More than 90 people were reported dead and hundreds were missing after heavy rains triggered floods and mudslides in Sri Lanka.
The weather has begun to clear, and numerous more than 100,000 people who evacuated over the weekend had returned home to begin clearing debris and mud from their waterlogged homes. More than 80,000 others remained in relief camps as their homes were either destroyed or wiped out. "Additional medical teams will be checking on mosquito breeding grounds as well".
Indian Navy troops offload emergency supplies from an Indian ship at Colombo harbour.
The Indian Navy swung into action hours after the Sri Lankan request, with INS Kirch and INS Shardul, both loaded with relief material, docking at the Colombo port. INS Jalashwa, meanwhile, is also en route to Sri Lanka, with even more relief material.
Bojan Kolundzija, Oxfam's country director in Sri Lanka, said much more support was needed.
Indian Naval personnel of INS "Kirch" that arrived in the island on Saturday are now engaging in flood relief operations at Udugama and Galapatha in the Kalutara District in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Navy.
One of the hardest-hit areas is predicted to be South Asia, a region where more than 9.5 million people are already being affected every year by floods.
Sri Lanka's government appealed to the United Nations as well as other countries for help with relief measures.
Sri Lankan rescuers pulled out more bodies under enormous mudslides on Sunday as the death toll climbed to 146 with 112 others missing.
The Meteorology Department said rains and winds were expected to continue. A total of 545,243 people were affected by the disaster.
The government of Sri Lanka, through its chain of government officials, the police, army and naval forces are working in the affected areas.
On Saturday, a Lanka Air Force airman, Y M S Yaparatne, 37, died while carrying out relief operations in the Galle district as he fell off from the helicopter.
The Sri Lanka authorities have called for worldwide assistance to help with search and rescue efforts, and have also appealed for aid ranging from boats, generators and mobile toilets to mosquito nets, clothes and clean drinking water.