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17 deaths dues to floods and landslides

Widespread flooding in the south and east of Sri Lanka has forced thousands to leave their homes and killed at least 17 people, officials said on Monday.

Rivers in the southern and western provinces overflowed in the weekend and started flooding the low areas and thrust thousands of people into relief centers. Though water level is receding, the landslide warning issued for 10 districts is still in effect.

While nearly 100,000 buildings have lost electricity, according to a close observation done recently, nearly 12,177 families have been affected by this calamity.

The flooding disaster comes as the country is struggling to cope with a potential environmental disaster after a ship carrying 25 tons of nitric acid and raw materials for plastic caught fire and began to sink off its coast.

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