Death toll rises from floods and mudslides in Sri Lanka

The death toll from floods and mudslides following heavy rain in Sri Lanka has risen to 14 with another two people missing, officials said.

en districts on the island have seen heavy rainfall since last Thursday, including the capital Colombo and suburbs where many houses, fields and roads have been inundated.

Ten people have died in floods while another four lost their lives in mudslides, according to the government’s Disaster Management Centre.


People use a raft to navigate a flooded street following heavy rain in Sri Lanka (Eranga Jayawardena/AP)

Among them was a family of four who died when a mound of earth crashed onto their house in the district of Kegalle, about 53 miles east of Colombo.

Two others remain missing.

The centre said the extreme weather has affected some 245,000 people, and more than 4,300 remain displaced in emergency shelters.

More than 800 houses have been damaged.

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