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Adverse weather claims 11 lives in Sri Lanka

The death toll from the adverse weather conditions in Sri Lanka rose to 11 on Wednesday, a spokesman here said.

Spokesman for the Sri Lankan Disaster Management Centre (DMC), Pradeep Kodippili told Xinhua on Wednesday that five of these deaths were caused by lightning strikes.

The spokesman said the other deaths were caused by incidents such as drowning in floodwaters, tree falls, and earth-slips.

According to Kodippili, heavy rain lashed through Sri Lanka from May 20, causing flash floods and mini landslides.

In addition to these 10 deaths, Kodippili said over 105,000 people had been affected by the inclement weather conditions prevailing in the country.

He said 43,000 of these affected people had been housed at welfare camps at the moment.

Xinhua / PNA