Mudslide in Sri Lanka kills more than 150


Colombo, Sri Lanka rescuers pulled out more bodies that were buried by mudslides, as the death toll rises to 151 dead with 111 others missing.

More rain is forecast for Monday, threatening the wellbeing to over 100,000 people who were displaced in western and southern regions of the island.  Soldiers have taken advantage of the lull in the rain, to clear road access to most of the affected areas.  People waded in knee-deep floodwaters to get to military trucks transporting relief supplies, and evacuating those who wanted to be taken.

Dr. Rajitha Senarathna, Health Minister, said 102,218 displaced people were sheltered in 339 relief centers.  The U.N. is assisting in relief efforts in response to a government appeal.  It has also promised to donate water purification tablets, tents, and other supplies for the displaced.  The United States and Pakistan have pledged to send relief supplies, and India sent a shipload of goods.

Mudslides have become common during the monsoon season, as land has been heavily deforested to grow export crops such as tea and rubber.


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