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Three dead in floods and mudslides

Three people were killed and more than 60,000 had to be evacuated to safer locations due to floods and mudslides caused by heavy rain around Sri Lanka, officials said today.

The Disaster Management Centre said three days of heavy rain in 15 districts injured two other people and destroyed 1,900 homes.

Hospitals and government offices were inundated and some inmates of a prison were transferred to other facilities.

It is monsoon season in some parts of Sri Lanka, but many other areas not normally affected are also experiencing non-seasonal rain.

Dozens of people were killed in October when mudslides buried homes of tea plantation workers in the country's central hills.


From Belfast Telegraph