Death toll rises, search continues

The death toll from the stormy weather conditions has risen to 27 with 29 others still missing at sea, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said this evening.
The DMC said that 35 people were injured and 772 people affected by the two days of strong winds and heavy rain.
Over 100 houses have also been reported as being fully damaged by the storm, the DMC said.
Meanwhile the Sri Lanka Air Force said that it has deployed it’s Beech King Air (B-200T Beechcraft) surveillance aircraft to search the coastal area from Kollupitiya to Galle as part of a continuous joint search and rescue operation being conducted together with the navy to locate the missing fishermen.
It also said that rescue helicopters are on standby to respond to any eventuality.
The navy said it has also increased its search and rescue deployments and has added another ship along with five additional fast attack crafts for the relief operation.
It also said that a navy ship rescued a fishing vessel with its four member crew off Rathmalana. (Colombo Gazette)