Deadly floods rise in Sri Lanka

At least 18 die and thousands displaced, with monsoon rains expected to continue.

    Relief centres and shelters have been set
    up in affected areas [EPA]

    Ekanayake said that 25 camps have been set up for displaced people.

     

    The meteorology department has forecast rainfall for the forthcoming days as the southwestern monsoon starts.

     

    West and south hit

     

    The rains hit western regions of the island, including the capital,  Gampaha and Kaluthara, and southern areas of Galle, Mathara and the gem-mining region of Rathnapura.

     

    The problems of flooding are often exacerbated in Sri Lanka due to the country's neglected infrastructure after years of civil war between the state and the separatist Tamil Tigers.

     

    In January more than 30,000 people were displaced in the east of the Indian Ocean island by monsoon flooding.

     

    Flash floods in the east and centre of the country caused about 175,000 people to be displaced.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.