Sri Lanka mon­soon toll climbs to 177

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COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s mon­soon toll climbed to 177 with the dis­cov­ery of more bod­ies buried in land­slides trig­gered by in­tense rains, the Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Cen­tre (DMC) said yes­ter­day.

The DMC said 109 peo­ple were still listed as miss­ing while an­other 88 re­mained in hos­pi­tal.

Po­lice said an air force Mi-17 trans­port he­li­copter crashed in the south­ern Bad­degama area yes­ter­day while trans­port­ing re­lief sup­plies to flood vic­tims.

“The he­li­copter crashed onto a house, but for­tu­nately there were no ca­su­al­ties,” a po­lice of­fi­cial in the area said.

The air force has de­ployed a dozen air­craft to evac­u­ate ma­rooned vil­lagers as well as carry food and other es­sen­tials to the af­fected ar­eas.

The gov­ern­ment said re­lief op­er­a­tions had in­ten­si­fied over the week­end fol­low­ing a break in the mon­soon rains.AFP

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