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Sri Lanka floods: Death toll rises to 126

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Source: Indian Express
Sri Lanka witnessed the worst flood since 2003 which affected over 4, 23,068 people and in 15 districts. According to current reports, the death toll on Sunday rose to 126, as security forces and rescuers stepped up search and rescue operations after weather condition improved and floodwaters receded.
The 2003 flood killed 250 people leaving 10,000 homes destroyed.
According to the disaster management centre, 126 people were killed and 97 remained missing while 1, 00,924 people belonging to 24,374 families were shifted to 304 safe locations.
“Although the heavy rainy condition has reduced temporary, showery conditions are likely to enhance again over south-western part of the island from 29th May 2017,” the Meteorological Department said.
A Windy condition is expected to continue over the sea regions. These winds may strengthen during the shower. Fishermen of the country have been warned of the upcoming fury of nature.
Notably, more than 1,000 Army troops were involved in the rescue and relief operations.
India was the first country to respond yesterday to the grave situation and it dispatched three Navy ships with emergency supplies to help Sri Lanka in the rescue and relief operations.