Sri Lankan Marines in an amphibious capabilities demonstration during the Sri Lanka Marine Corps Boot Camp graduation at Sri Lankan Naval Station Barana in Mullikulum, Sri Lanka, Feb. 27, 2017.
The death toll from floods and mudslides in Sri Lanka has risen to 14, with two more people still missing, officials said on Sunday.
The Centre for Disaster Management said that ten people have died in flooding and four have died in mudslides. Among them was a family of four who died when a mound of earth crashed onto their house in Kegalle district, 85 kilometers (53 miles) east of Colombo. Two other people remain missing.
Ten districts of the island have been hit by heavy rainfall since last Thursday, including the capital Colombo and suburbs where many of the homes, fields, and roads were submerged. More than 800 residential buildings have been damaged.
The country’s official added that around 245,000 people were affected by the extreme weather and more than 4,300 have fled to temporary shelters. Sri Lanka’s navy, which has rescued 66 people stranded by floods so far, has sent 33 teams to the swamped regions.