Sri Lanka: Six dead, several went missing in landslides

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Colombo: According to the information given by the police, in an incident that took place today in Sri Lanka’s Kalutara district where at least six people lost their lives and several others goes missing due to landslides in two different areas following heavy rainfall.

As per the reports, rescue operations are currently underway at both the affected locations — Kosbawaka and Delpawatta.

Air force helicopters were also dispatched to assist the people trapped in their homes and other locations due to rising water levels.

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Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre (DMC) on Friday issued flood and landslide warnings in several areas of the country

Although the exact number of those affected is still unknown, rescue and evacuation missions are ongoing in several areas, a DMC official said.

Highways and railway lines in several areas remained inundated hampering transport services while schools across the Sabaragamuwa province remained closed.

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The Meteoroglogy Department in its latest weather report warned of showers and strong winds to continue over the southwestern part of the country.