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Sri Lanka floods, landslide death toll rises, over a million displaced

EconomyNext – The death toll from floods and earth-slips after heavy rain in Sri Lanka rose to 21 Saturday with the number of displaced people crossing the one million mark, the government Disaster Management Centre said.

The highest number of deaths occurred in the hill country district of Badulla where 14 people died in earth-slips triggered by incessant rain over the last few days and seven were reported missing.

Almost half-a-million people were displaced by floods in the eastern Batticaloa district and another 305,124 in the adjoining Amparai district.

The Meteorology Department forecast more rain over the central and eastern regions on Sunday as well as the north-central and north-western provinces with over 100mm of rain in some places.

The government deployed troops to help rescue people affected by floods and landslides and supply food to the displaced.

Troops also helped clear the hill country railway line that was blocked by a mudslide.