Sri Lanka deploys thousands of troops as flood toll climbs to 169

Sri Lanka deploys thousands of troops as flood toll climbs to 169Thousands of Sri Lankan troops battled Monday to get relief supplies to nearly half a million people displaced by the island’s worst flooding in well over a decade, which has killed 169 people. The military said a lull in torrential monsoon rains had allowed it to deploy aircraft, boats and ground troops to evacuate people from flooded areas and deliver food and other essentials. The Disaster Management Centre said 169 people had been confirmed dead, most of them buried by landslides triggered by Friday’s intense rains.



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