At least 91 people killed in floods, landslides in Sri Lanka

DW – May 26, 2017

At least 91 people were reported dead and 110 missing as record rainfall hit parts of the country on Friday, prompting calls by the government for international aid.

The monsoon has caused over 60,000 people to flee their homes in southern and western Sri Lanka in addition to more than 2,000 who were evacuated to safer locations, according to the official Disaster Management Center (DMC).

“There are at least five landslides reported in several places in Kalutara,” said a police spokesman of the country’s worst-hit district, according to Reuters news agency. “Rescue operations are still taking place.”

The disaster has forced the country to appeal to the US and other countries for help. Indian ships are already set to arrive on Saturday, according to a government statement. Sri Lankan navy boats and air force helicopters have been deployed to rescue those stranded by the rising waters.