Death toll from Sri Lankan floods, landslides reaches 126

Source: Xinhua| 2017-05-28 13:58:00|Editor: xuxin
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COLOMBO, May 28 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from floods and landslides in Sri Lanka following heavy rain reached 126 on Sunday, officials said.

The Disaster Management Centre said that 97 people were missing and over 1 million people have been affected by the disaster.

The United Nations office in Colombo said that Sri Lanka had made a formal request for support following the onset of the monsoon and its impact in the southern and western regions of the country.

The adverse weather conditions have caused flooding and landslides in 14 out of 25 districts in Sri Lanka.

The most severely impacted district is Galle, where 128,047 people (32,215 families) have reportedly been affected.

The Tri-Forces and Police have been mobilized for Search and Rescue and evacuations operations in Galle, Hambantota, Kalutara and Matara districts.

Heavy rain and strong winds are forecast to continue into the first week of June, raising the risk that current conditions may worsen.