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At least 40 dead as monsoon lashes Sri Lanka, over 100 houses destroyed

Published on Jun 10, 2013 2:47 PM
 
Sri Lankan sailors deployed along the Colombo coastline keep watch on June 9, 2013, as they look for any washed up bodies following severe monsoon weather. Naval boats and helicopters scoured seas off Sri Lanka on Monday, June 10, 2013, for dozens of missing fishermen, as the death toll from strong monsoon rains and winds rose to 31, an official said. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

COLOMBO (AFP) - Naval boats and helicopters scoured seas off Sri Lanka on Monday for dozens of missing fishermen, as the death toll from strong monsoon rains and winds rose to 40, an official said.

The dead fishermen were listed as missing since the monsoon hit the island early on Saturday, destroying more than 100 houses, according to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC).

"We continue to look for missing people," DMC spokesman Sarath Lal Kumara said. "The navy and the airforce are leading the search and rescue operations."

The death toll rose from 27 to 40, DMC figures show.  Another 29 people were hurt in the storm.

 
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