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    Eleven Die in Sri Lanka Floods


    by NTDTelevision

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    Heavy monsoon rain causes flooding across several provinces in Sri Lanka, leading to a death toll of at least 11. Not only have lives been lost, but most of the rice crop is under threat.

    Heavy rain has triggered flooding in Sri Lanka that has forced 320 thousand people into temporary shelters and killed at least 11 people.

    Flooding hit the Eastern, Northern and North Central provinces for the second time in less than a month.

    The inundation is threatening up to 90 percent of the staple rice crop, heightening concern about supply stocks and inflation.

    Sri Lanka cultivates 1.4 million acres of paddy twice a year, and another 250 thousand acres has been added in the former war zone in the Northern and Eastern provinces.

    Floods in January killed more than 40 people and forced as many as 325 thousand from their homes

    The Agriculture Ministry had said that at least 21 percent of the rice crop was destroyed.

    Flooding and displacements are common in Sri Lanka, where a southern monsoon batters the island between May and September, and a north-eastern monsoon runs from December to February.