Death toll from flash floods, landslides reaches 92

AranayakeRescue troops on Monday recovered atleast seven more bodies from a landslide site in Sri Lanka’s central Kegalle District bringing the total death toll from Sri Lanka’s flash floods and landslides to 92, the Disaster Management Center said.

Kegalle District has recorded the highest number of deaths with 57 people being killed when two massive landslides struck Aranayake and Bulathkohupitiya last week, owing to heavy rains and strong winds.
The military said that search efforts were continuing in Aranayake as over 135 bodies were still buried under the mud and rock.

While rains had ceased in several areas on Monday, the Disaster Management Center said that people had to remain vigilant due to continuing monsoon showers.

So far 500,000 people have been affected by severe floods and landslides across the island country and over 250,000 had been shifted to temporary shelters.

Medical help was also reaching out to people who were injured in the floods and landslides and health officers said there was a threat of water borne diseases once water levels receded.

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