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Flooding In Sri Lanka Kills At Least 11, Displaces Thousands


Officials say floods in Sri Lanka have killed at least 11 people and displaced as many as 250,000 people.

Monsoon rains drenched the country's eastern, northern, and some central provinces for the second time in less than a month, raising concern over a mounting humanitarian crisis.

Agricultural Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene told the Reuters news agency today the most recent floods threaten over 90 percent of the rice crop.

Flooding is common in Sri Lanka, where southern monsoons hit the island between May and September, followed by a northeastern monsoon from December to February. Floods in January killed over 40 people, displaced thousands, and destroyed some 20 percent of the country's rice crop.

compiled from agency reports
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