Death toll in Sri Lanka floods rises to 206; international aid pours in

The death toll in Sri Lanka's devastating floods and landslides has risen to 206 with 92 people still reported missing.
Toll in Sri Lanka floods rises to 206 - India TV
India TV News Desk Colombo 02 Jun 2017, 02:03 PM IST

The death toll in Sri Lanka's devastating floods and landslides has risen to 206 with 92 people still reported missing, media reports said on Friday. As of Thursday night, almost 650,000 people in 15 districts were still affected by the severe rains and strong winds that have ravaged Sri Lanka since May 26, resulting in major floods and landslides, the Daily Mirror reported.

The 15 districts still affected are Ratnapura, Hambantota, Kalutara, Matara, Matale, Gampaha, Colombo, Kegalle, Nuwara Eliya, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu and Galle.

Days of severe rains since May 26 caused major floods and landslides in at least seven districts - the worst floods to hit Sri Lanka since 2003.

While an estimated 100,000 people have been shifted to safe locations over 10,000 houses have also been fully or partially destroyed.

Meanwhile, the Department of Meteorology has predicted showers in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Central, North Central and North Western provinces with occasional rainfall expected to exceed 75 mm. The seas could be rough. 

Landslide warnings remained in force in Ratnapura, Kegalle, Galle, Kalutara, Hambantota and Nuwara Eliya Districts. 

People in some areas were without electricity, the report said. 

International aid has poured into the country with India, China, the US, Britain, Pakistan, Australia, Norway and the EU donating funds and sending relief supplies.

The European Union (EU) has allocated 300,000 euros in humanitarian funding to Sri Lanka.

"This contribution from the EU will allow our partners on the ground to provide relief to the most-impacted families. This is an expression of solidarity from the European people to the people of Sri Lanka," Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, said in a statement.

 

The EU aid will focus on the most pressing needs in the aftermath of the floods, including access to clean water and sanitation facilities, provision of essential household items and emergency shelter, Xinhua news agency reported.

(With IANS inputs) 

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