Over 160 dead in Sri Lanka rains

Popular tourist destination seeks international assistance
Floods and landslides have killed at least 160 people in Sri Lanka, triggered by catastrophic monsoon rains. The island nation is appealing for international assistance.
The death toll could rise as many are still missing, after the worst torrential downpours since 2003. The landslides and flash floods have also displaced around 27,000 people.
The tropical Indian Ocean island nation is an increasingly popular tourist destination. The best time to visit the western coasts and hill country, which have been hit hardest by the rains, is December to March, but the finest weather on the east coast is generally from May to September.
Disasters are common in Sri Lanka’s monsoon season. In May 2016, more than 100 people died in a massive landslide in the central part of the country.
eTN / Straits Times


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