Sri Lanka floods take four lives, over 600,000 affected

At least four persons were killed and many injured in mudslides and flood related incidents in Sri Lanka.

Updated: Jan 09, 2011, 18:55 PM IST

Colombo: At least four persons were killed
and many injured in mudslides and flood related incidents in
Sri Lanka, where over 600,000 people have also been affected
by deluge, officials said on Sunday.

Seven have been hospitalised after they were rescued
from rubble. A few others believed to be trapped under the
rubble after earth slip reported in Kandy 116km from Colombo.

Regional education officials have decided to close all
schools in central province as the bad weather condition was
likely continue till tomorrow.

Meteorological department said the bad weather with
heavy rains and strong winds will prevail in several areas in
the country and continue till tomorrow.

Transportation was crippled due to roads and railway
lines being under water in the eastern province, which was the
worst affected area by continuous rains over the last two
weeks.

Nearly 600,000 people were affected by rains and flood
situation in the country`s central and eastern regions.

Sluice gates of several manmade lakes were opened as
the rain continued in several parts of the country.

PTI