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Nearly 500,000 displaced in Sri Lanka floods, international help needed

Staff Writer | May 27, 2017
More than 100 people died and nearly 500,000 displaced in Sri Lanka after flooding and mudslides triggered monsoons, the government said Saturday.
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Weather   The Sri Lanka Red Cross issued landslide alert
In addition, 113 people were reported missing, a government spokesman said.

An Indian naval ship arrived in Colombo, the nation's capital, with relief supplies. And Sri Lanka's foreign ministry has asked the United Nations and other countries for assistance.

The Sri Lanka Red Cross issued landslide alert Saturday, writing "people living on steep slopes and near dangerous cut-slopes should be watchful." It said rain had ceased but it's forecast to resume Monday.

Residents are being advised to move away from swollen rivers and hills susceptible to landslides.

Military boats and helicopters were sent to help rescue survivors.

The number of people known to have been killed in floods and landslides in Sri Lanka rose to 113, officials said on Saturday, as the country appealed for international assistance.

The state-run disaster management centre said 91 people were still missing after the worst torrential rains since 2003.

The Foreign Ministry said that in coordination with the Disaster Management Ministry, an appeal had been made to the United Nations and neighbouring countries to provide assistance "especially in the areas of search and rescue operations".

India is sending three Navy ships with supplies and other aid, the first of which arrived in Colombo on Saturday night.