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Five killed, 236,000 affected in Sri Lanka floods

Last Updated: Friday, February 4, 2011 - 17:52

Colombo: At least five persons are believed to have been killed and more than 236,000 have been affected as floods battered several parts of Sri Lanka.

This is the second time within a month that Sri Lanka has been badly affected by floods.

In January, more than a million people were affected and 300,000 left homeless in flooding which also claimed at least 43 lives.

"82,660 persons belonging to 23,123 families have been accommodated at 322 temporarily set up camps," Pradeep Kodippilli, assistant director of the Disaster Management Centre (DRC), said.

"819 houses were completely destroyed and 3,915 houses were damaged due to the flood," he said.

Sri Lankan Navy has deployed at least 20 rescue teams to help flood victims, officials said.

Rescue operations are in progress in the eastern port district of Trincomalee where five persons went missing after a boat capsized last night, and chances of their being found alive appeared remote.

The boat was on a mission to rescue 16 persons marooned in flooding.

Recent floods in Sri Lanka prompted the United Nations to make a public appeal to raise USD 51 million for flood victims.

Several countries, including India, sent relief supplies last month to help government efforts to provide relief for affected people.


First Published: Friday, February 4, 2011 - 17:52

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