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Foreign Office issues Sri Lanka warning


Published on Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Monsoon rains have caused flooding in southern and western Sri Lanka, prompting the Foreign Office to issue fresh advice to British holidaymakers visiting the island.

One person has already died in the southern district of Galle and more than 45,000 people have been hit by flash floods due to incessant rain over the past two days.

Worst affected areas are the southern and western provinces.

The UK Foreign Office said: “Monsoon rains have caused flooding in many places in Sri Lanka.

“The Centre for Disaster Management has issued a general alert. Heavy rains and landslides can also lead to road closures and affect local transport links.

“If you’re travelling in the area, you should check local advice when planning your journey.”

Over 100-mm of rain was recorded in several districts, and up to 200-mm was predicted by the Meteorological Department to fall during yesterday and today, compounding the problem.

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