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Sri Lanka floods death toll 150 and rising

Monsoon rains on Friday 26th May in Sri Lanka triggered the island’s worst flooding in more than a decade, leaving at least 150 people dead, according to reports from the Disaster Management Centre in Sri Lanka.

The official Disaster Management Centre said 93 remained missing as of Sunday morning while about 50 injured in landslides were hospitalised. More than 400,000 people remain displaced across 15 districts with seven districts on high alert for landslides.

Government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said relief operations had intensified following a break in the monsoon rains, with medical teams reinforcing hospitals in affected districts.

Most victims were killed by landslides, not the flood waters, as their homes on hillsides were buried under torrents of mud and rock.

Nearly 2,000 houses were damaged or destroyed. Almost half a million people had been forced from their homes and were sheltering in government buildings or with friends and relatives.

The charity Save the Children said about a tenth of those displaced were aged below five.

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