Floods and mudslides leave 10 dead and 6 others missing in Sri Lanka

Heavy rainfall triggered floods and mudslides in many parts of the island nation of Sri Lanka, leaving at least 10 people dead and six others missing, officials said.

Heavy downpours have wreaked havoc in many parts of the country since Sunday, flooding homes, fields and roads and forcing authorities to cut electricity as a precaution.

A flooded house in Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, June 2, 2024. /CFP

A flooded house in Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, June 2, 2024. /CFP

Six people died after being washed away in the capital, Colombo, and the remote Rathnapura district on Sunday, according to the disaster management center. Three others died when mounds of earth collapsed on their houses, and one person died when a tree fell on him. Six people have gone missing since Sunday.

By Monday, over 5,000 people had been moved to evacuation centers, and more than 400 homes had been damaged, the center said in a statement.

A man pushes an autorickshaw through a flooded street amid heavy rainfall in Malwana on the outskirts of Colombo on June 1, 2024. /CFP

A man pushes an autorickshaw through a flooded street amid heavy rainfall in Malwana on the outskirts of Colombo on June 1, 2024. /CFP

Navy and army troops have been deployed to rescue victims and provide food and other essentials to those affected.

Since mid-May, Sri Lanka has been grappling with severe weather conditions caused by heavy monsoon rains. Earlier, strong winds downed trees in many areas, killing nine people.

(Cover: People wade through a flooded street in Biyagama, a suburb of Colombo, Sri Lanka, June 3, 2024. /CFP)

Source(s): AP