Sri Lanka monsoon toll climbs to 177
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