Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Sri Lanka confirms 100 dead in mudslides; 99 missing

Sri Lanka confirms 100 dead in mudslides; 99 missing

The UN agencies including UNICEF, WHO and WFP are now supporting Sri Lankan Government's relief efforts in coordination and mobilizing resources, the UN Sri Lanka said today.

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.

An Indian Navy ship has arrived in Colombo, filled with relief supplies.

The death toll from severe flooding and landslides in Sri Lanka has increased up to 113 by the end of the day, Saturday, Co- Cabinet spokesman Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne addressing media this evening (27th May) said.

Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu said a second, larger vessel was expected in Colombo tomorrow with more aid.

The country's Disaster Management Centre said more than 61,000 people had been affected by the conditions, while more than 2,000 had been taken to safer places.

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"The ship is carrying additional relief material requested by Sri Lankan authorities, apart from more inflatable boats", it said. He said India's move to send relief materials demonstrated the Indo-Lanka relations which are at an excellent level. INS Kirch, which operates in the South Bay of Bengal, has been directed to reach Colombo and help carry out relief operations in the flood affected areas.

The US has said it will provide relief goods worth 150 million Sri Lankan rupees.

In 2003, the powerful Southwest monsoon wrecked 10,000 homes and killed at least 250 people.

Sri Lanka, which has been heavily deforested for cash crops, often witnesses landslides during the monsoon season.

Sri Lanka's military also issued a statement on Saturday, saying it was doubtful any missing people would be found alive two days after the disastrous monsoon displaced some 27,000 people by the ensuing landslides and flash floods.

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