Strong winds leave 7 dead in southern Sri Lanka

A spokesman for the government`s disaster management centre says the winds damaged about 1,000 homes in Matara.

Last Updated: Nov 26, 2011, 10:03 AM IST

Colombo: Strong winds have killed seven people along Sri Lanka`s southern coast.

Pradeep Kodippili, the spokesman for the government`s disaster management centre, says three people were killed by fallen trees on Friday in the southern coastal town of Matara.

Also on Friday, the bodies of four fishermen who had ventured out to sea from Matara were recovered. Kodippili says it was possible that their boats had been damaged by the bad weather.

He says the winds damaged about 1,000 homes in the area.

The strong winds subsided by Friday evening.

Bureau Report