Toll in Sri Lanka floods rises to 183

The number of deaths due to the floods and landslides has increased to 180, while 110 are missing, Sri Lanka's Disaster Management Center said on Monday.

Incessant monsoon heavy rains (as high as 553 mm) for the last days have caused floods and landslides in many parts of Sri Lanka (15 districts).

More than 104 people have been listed as missing across seven southern districts hit by monsoons and a tropical cyclone since Thursday.

The army, navy and air force were continuing to try to reach marooned villagers and evacuate those living in areas prone to mudslides, he said.

Although the weather has cleared, more rains were forecast for Monday, threatening to extend the misery for more than 100,000 people displaced in the country's western and southern regions that were lashed by two days of torrential rains.

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Government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said many victims had started moving back into their homes as floodwaters receded but authorities remained concerned about the spread of disease.

Some 1,400 house destroyed by the landslides will be rebuilt by the state while partly damaged homes numbering almost 7,000 will be repaired by the government using the military, the government said.

China today offered Dollars 2.2 million worth of humanitarian aid to Sri Lanka for its flood relief efforts as the death toll in the country's worst torrential rains since 2003 climbed to 193.

Army boats were being used to evacuate people and bring relief supplies, while military aircraft were being dispatched to rescue stranded villagers, to Sky News reported.

With more than 100 people still missing and 80 reported injured, these have been Sri Lanka's worst rains since 2003, when rain lead to the deaths of 250 people.

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The second Indian relief ship, INS Shardul arrived at Colombo Port on Sunday.

Even through the government of Sri Lanka has already responded to the situation in several areas, additional assistance from other sectors is required.

At an intersection close to Agalawatte, 60 miles (98km) south of Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital, four bodies in coffins were kept in a house, awaiting boats to be taken to a temple where displaced people have taken refuge. Sri Lanka has already asked for assistance from United Nations and neighbouring countries.

The UN was donating water containers, water purification tablets and tarpaulins while the World Health Organization will support medical teams in affected areas.

Pakistan said it was in talks with Colombo to send relief supplies.

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