COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Floods and mudslides triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 17 people and left nearly a million people in need of help, the Disaster Management Centre said Saturday.
It said the worst affected was the Uva province where at least 11 people were buried alive in mudslides caused by heavy rains in the past two days.
The Batticaloa district saw heavy flooding that submerged the homes of 488,000 people while in the neighbouring Ampara district 289,000 people had to leave their flooded homes.
The DMC said a total of 980,095 people were directly affected by the torrential rains and the havoc it caused.
Authorities have deployed troops to assist with relief operations.
The meteorological department issued a severe weather warning over the floods, which came as Sri Lanka held commemorations for the 31,000 people killed there when the Asian tsunami hit in 2004.