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The Financial Express

Powerful storms hit Sri Lanka, killing four

Published: November 30, 2017 14:15:43 | Updated: December 01, 2017 12:03:49


Lightning strikes behind commercial tower near a financial city in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Reuters Photo) Lightning strikes behind commercial tower near a financial city in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Reuters Photo)

Storms with heavy rain and winds across the country have left at least four people dead and several fishermen are among 23 people missing, Sri Lanka's government said.

The Disaster Management Center said Thursday up to 150 millimeters (6 inches) more rain could fall from a deep depression 200 kilometers (124 miles) off the coast of the capital, Colombo.

It says 13 of the people reported missing are fishermen in four boats.

The navy has deployed a search team to find the missing fishermen, reports AP.

Sri Lanka has faced natural calamities frequently in recent years. More than 200 people were killed in mudslides and floods during the monsoon rain last May.

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