Sri Lanka heavy rain: Death toll rises to 92

Updated: 11:06 GMT, May 23, 2016 | Published: 06:37 GMT, May 23, 2016 |

The death toll from floods and landslides caused by heavy rains in Sri Lanka has risen to 92, while 109 people are still missing, officials said

Eight bodies have been recovered by soldiers, all victims of landslides that buried three villages in the central hills, said the Disaster Management Center.

The onslaught of rain was hindering the search, but Maj. Gel Sudatha Ranasinghe hopes to pick up the search as the weather turns favorable now that it has stopped in many parts of the island.

Ranasinghe is coordinating search efforts in the district of Kegalle, along with troops deployed by the government and aid organizations such as Red Cross.

237,240 people have been displaced as a result of the floods, according to a report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Human Rights (UNOCHA), published on Relief Web, and have been moved to “safe locations” including schools, religious places, and community centers.

Sri Lanka’s president, Maithripala Sirisena, urged people to provide shelter, and donate food or cash in a televised address on Sunday, where he also said help was coming thanks to “our friends in the international community”.