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Heavy rains and floods kill at least 17 in Sri Lanka

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Heavy rains in Sri Lanka
Floods and landslides caused by heavy rains in Sri Lanka have killed at least 17 people. In addition, thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes. Reuters quoted the country's officials as saying.

After several days of torrential rains, rivers in the southern and western parts of the island began flowing more than normal by the end of last week. As a result, the low-lying areas are submerged. Thousands of people have taken refuge in relief centers.

"The water level has started falling to normal but there is still a risk of landslides in 10 districts," said Pradeep Kodippili, assistant director of the National Disaster Management Center.

He said more than 270,000 people had been affected by the floods and about 100,000 buildings had lost power.

Athula Karunanayake, director general of the Sri Lanka Meteorological Department, said, "The natural disaster occurred shortly before the country's government lifted restrictions on the coronavirus. The month-long lockdown to stop the third wave of corona is expected to be lifted on June 14."

The pandemic has severely damaged Sri Lanka's tourism sector.

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