Monday, February 7, 2011

320,000 homeless from Sri Lanka floods; toll at 11

COLOMBO: Floods and mudslides in Sri Lanka have forced 320,000 people to flee their homes and killed at least 11.
The Disaster Management Center said Monday the evacuees are being housed in 759 temporary camps after heavy rains last week forced them to flee. In addition to the 11 deaths, three people are missing.
Sri Lanka’s air force and navy were dropping food and rescuing marooned residents, mainly in worst-affected eastern and north-central provinces. Schools in the area are closed through Tuesday.
The center said more than 1 million people were affected by the floods.
Deluges in January caused flooding and mudslides that also affected more than 1 million people.
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