Sri Lankans besiege flood aid office
Batticaloa - Residents briefly besieged a government office in flood-hit eastern Sri Lanka accusing officials of holding back food and other aid intended for people affected by the flooding.
More than 1 000 residents surrounded the government office on Monday in the village of Ariyampathy, in the Batticaloa district. They broke windows and held the office staff indoors until police intervened.
Residents said they found that relief goods for nearly 4 000 people - including rice, flour, milk powder, tents and stoves - had not yet been distributed by local officials. The protesters dispersed after police promised disbursement of the goods.
Floods and mudslides in the country over the past several days have killed 40 people and left hundreds of thousands of people homeless.