10 killed, 5 missing as heavy rains continue in Sri Lanka 

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10 killed, 5 missing as heavy rains continue in Sri Lanka 

Colombo: Ten people were killed and five others missing during the past 24 hours as heavy rains and strong winds lashed out across Sri Lanka, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said.

Most of the deaths were reported from the capital Colombo as more than 150 mm of rain was experienced since the early hours of Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Health Ministry said that it had instructed all health directors in provinces to be on alert and ready for any emergency in hospitals.

The Ministry added it had made all arrangements to airlift patients in critical condition to larger hospitals from village areas as the flood worsened.

The Department of Meteorology on Sunday warned of heavy rains throughout the country within the next 48 hours, while the DMC said that rescue operations were underway.

The public had been urged to stay at home and to avoid going into flooded areas.

The Education Ministry said that all schools will remain closed on Monday due to further rains expected.

 


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