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Rain and floods killed 17 people and displaced tens of thousands of Sri Lankans

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On Monday, officials said heavy rains hit Sri Lanka, causing floods and landslides that killed at least 17 people and displaced tens of thousands of people.

After several days of rain, rivers overflowed their banks in the southern and western plains on weekends, flooding low-lying areas and sending tens of thousands of people to refuge.
“The water level is starting to decline, but landslide warnings remain in ten districts,” Pradeep Kodibeli, deputy director of the National Disaster Management Center, said in a statement.

  • Heavy rains and floods killed 17 people and displaced tens of thousands of Sri Lankans

He added that more than 270,000 people were affected and almost 100,000 homes were left without electricity.
The torrential rains have come as Sri Lanka prepares to loosen restrictions imposed to contain the corona virus outbreak, as the general lockdown imposed for a month to tackle the third wave of infection is set to end on June 14.

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