9 dead, 2 missing after floods hit Sri Lanka and southern India

9 dead, 2 missing after floods hit Sri Lanka and southern India

At least 9 people have died and 2 others remain missing after heavy rains affecting Sri Lanka and parts of southern India since the start of the month.

According to the AFP, nearly half of Sri Lanka's 25 districts have been hit by floods over the past couple of days, claiming the lives of at least 5 people and leaving 2 people missing.

The worst affected areas in the country are in and around its tea-growing Central Highlands.1

Meteorologists are warning more floods are likely in the days ahead, especially on the northern coast around the city of Jaffna.

At least 4 people have died in the neighboring Tamil Nadu, India, where more than 150 relief camps were established.

In the state capital Chennai, most main roads were underwater and trees were uprooted, disrupting traffic, after 215.3 mm (8.47 inches) of rain fell on November 6.

At least 237 homes were damaged.

More than 210 000 people have been affected and about 100 000 buildings lost power in Sri Lanka after days of heavy rain during the first week of June. At least 17 people have been killed and tens of thousands forced from their homes.2

Reference:

1 9 dead after floods in Sri Lanka, southern India - AFP

2 Severe floods and landslides hit Sri Lanka, leaving at least 17 people dead and more than 270 000 affected - The Watchers

Featured image credit: EUMETSAT/Meteosat-8, RAMMB/CIRA, TW


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