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Death toll from weeklong storms in Sri Lanka rises to 92


    Associated Press

Colombo   /   Mon, May 23, 2016   /  10:47 am
Death toll from weeklong storms in Sri Lanka rises to 92 Sri Lankan flood victims rest on inflatable tubes in Wellampitiya,on the outskirts of Colombo, on May 21. Sri Lanka's government on Saturday raised the death toll from landslides and heavy flooding around the island nation to 73, as soldiers continued searching for scores of people missing since deadly landslides struck hill country several days ago. (Associated Press/Eranga Jayawardena)

The death toll from landslides and floods in Sri Lanka as a result of weeklong heavy storms has risen to 92, officials said Sunday.

Soldiers searching for victims of landslides that buried three villages in the central hills pulled out eight bodies from the rubble, the Disaster Management Center said, adding that 109 people were still missing in the landslides.

Maj. Gen. Sudatha Ranasinghe, who is coordinating search efforts in the landslide-hit district of Kegalle, said he hopes to pick up the search as the weather conditions turn favorable.

The rain had stopped in many parts of the island nation on Sunday, and waters were fast receding from the flooded streets of the capital, Colombo.

More than 185,000 people who are still displaced are being housed in schools and religious places. (ags)

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