Foreign aid arrives as Sri Lanka flood toll exceeds 200

COLOMBO (TIP): International aid arrived into Sri Lanka on May 31 as the death toll from the island’s worst floods and landslides in well over a decade climbed to 202.

Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake said 16 countries had rushed relief supplies and medicine to assist more than 600,000 people driven from their homes following Friday’s monsoon deluge. “We also have a lot of enquiries from other countries and organisations wanting to know our immediate needs. We are moved by the spontaneous response,” Karunanayake told reporters in Colombo. (AFP)

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