More than 100 dead and dozens missing after floods

More than 100 dead and dozens missing after floods

More than 100 dead and dozens missing after floods

The disaster management centre said 91 people had been killed and 110 were missing.

Locals gather to watch rescue operation in Bellana village in Kalutara district, Sri Lanka, Friday, May 26, 2017.

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. "Hence, we have made many appeals", he said.

Maj Gen Sudantha Ranasinghe, who was leading the search and rescue mission, doubted that any survivors would be found. Earth and rocks had crashed down in such a way that survival was unlikely and most of the affected places were still flooded, making access hard.

"In landslides, it's hard to find survivors after two days, and today is the second day", Ranasinghe said. He urged people living in low-lying areas to move to higher ground and said the government was air dropping 10,000 life jackets for marooned people until they could be moved to safer ground.

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Boats and helicopters were deployed to rescue those affected by the disaster and provide emergency relief. But some remained trapped in interior villages where boats have been unable to reach. Islamabad recently gave 10,000 tonnes of rice to Sri Lanka to help drought victims. The family's eldest son was the only survivor because he was not at home when the disaster occurred.

Sri Lanka's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it had activated the Emergency Response Unit to coordinate rescue and relief measures related to the flood situation.

Rescuers had set up 185 camps for displaced people and the town of Matara in the south of the island was being evacuated because of the risk of flooding, the spokesman said.

Mudslides have become more common in Sri Lanka during the monsoon season because land has been deforested to make way for export crops including tea and rubber.

The ship was received by Indian High Commissioner to Colombo Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Sri Lankan Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake.

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