Sri Lanka, Floods
Created: 19/05/2016 +

Overview

Since 14 May, heavy rain has been affecting almost all provinces, causing severe floods and landslides. 19 out of 25 districts have been affected, and over 350,000 people according to official figures, including 200,000 people who have been evacuated to temporary shelters. Over 2,400 homes have been damaged or destroyed. Almost 40 people have been killed, including 35 people killed by a landslide in Kegalle, close to Colombo, on 18 May. As relief operations continue the death toll is expected to rise (Government 18/05/2016; ECHO 17/05/2016; Sri Lanka Red Cross 17/05/2016; Washington Post 18/05/2016).