Sri Lanka: Monsoon floods kill seven people

Source: BBC News [UK State Media]

“Flooding and landslides caused by monsoon rains in Sri Lanka have killed at least seven people, the country’s Disaster Management Centre (DMC) has said. In Sitawaka — outside the capital, Colombo — three members of the same family died when their house was flooded. Supplies of electricity have been cut off in several areas and schools ordered to remain shut on Monday. Landslide warnings have been issued in nine districts. DMC Director Pradeep Kodippili told the BBC’s Sinhala service that the risk of flooding was rapidly increasing in Colombo and other areas of the south. ‘Many areas have reportedly received more than 400mm of rain so far,’ Mr Kodippili said. ‘The minor flood risk is increasing to a major flood risk.’ He urged Sri Lankans to pay attention to emergency announcements from the government and DMC.” (06/02/24)