Floods, lightning kill 7 in Sri Lanka

2011-05-02 12:04
Colombo - Sri Lanka's government says floods, mudslides and lightning have killed seven people in the southern part of the country.

The government's Disaster Management Centre says heavy rains triggered floods and mudslides in the low-lying Ratnapura district, killing five people on Sunday. It says two other people died after being struck by lightning.

The centre said on Monday that floods and mudslides also damaged 294 houses in Ratnapura, which experiences regular flooding.

Heavy flooding in January in several parts of the South Asian island nation killed 43 people and affected more than one million others.

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