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Lanka flood misery worsens
Published :Saturday, 21 May, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 21

COLOMBO, May 20: Desperate Sri Lankans clambered onto rubber dinghies and makeshift rafts Friday to flee their homes in the flooded capital Colombo as fresh downpours elsewhere stalled rescue efforts at disaster zones.
The heaviest rains in a quarter of a century have pounded the island since last weekend, sparking huge landslides that have buried victims in up to 50 feet (15 metres) of mud.
Officials have urged those living in affected areas to leave immediately, with more than 60 people known to have died so far and fears that number could spike with many more reported missing.
Three people have been killed in flood-related incidents in Colombo but the national toll now stands at 63. A police officer in the area said 144 people, including 37 children, had been reported missing since the landslides on Tuesday evening.
President Maithripala Sirisena urged citizens to help with caring for nearly half a million people affected by floods in many parts of the island.
"We have already got some assistance from our friends in the international community," he said in a televised address.
"Now I want to ask private individuals, companies and non-governmental organisations to help in anyway you can to help the victims."
His appeal came as Sri Lanka's cricket team, who are on tour in England, announced a donation of one million rupees (around $7,000) for
victims.    ?AFP









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