Death toll from Sri Lanka floods rises to 212

UNICEF says 22,000 people have been displaced by floods, landslides since May 26 

Death toll from Sri Lanka floods rises to 212

World Bulletin / News Desk

The number of deaths caused by recent floods and landslides in Sri Lanka has reached 212, according to the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, on Tuesday.

Speaking at a news conference in Geneva, UNICEF Sri Lanka representative Tim Sutton said the floods and landslides which began on May 26 "created probably the worst natural disaster we have had in Sri Lanka for the number of years".

Almost 80 people remain missing and 22,000 people have been displaced and are living in emergency shelters, Sutton said.

In 2016, Sri Lanka was hit by severe floods and landslides which claimed more than 100 lives. Similar conditions in 2003 cost 250 people their lives.

 
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