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Sri Lanka: At least seven people killed in floods as of May 21

At least seven people killed in floods and landslides caused by monsoon rains as of May 21; more rain forecast

22 May 01:20 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 5/21/2018, 12:00 AM until 5/28/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Colombo). COUNTRY/REGION Sri Lanka
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Event

Floods and landslides caused by heavy monsoon rains have killed at least five people in Sri Lanka in the past days. According to the Disaster Management Center, over 1000 people were displaced by the torrential rains, with over 170 houses destroyed throughout the southern regions of the country. The most affected areas include Badulla, Kegalle, and Kalutara. Heavy rain and thunderstorms are forecast in the abovementioned regions in the coming days.

Context

Monsoon rains typically affects Sri Lanka in May and June.

Advice

Individuals present in affected regions are advised to follow instructions issued by local authorities, particularly evacuation orders, and to keep abreast of weather forecasts. Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.

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