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Death toll in Sri Lanka mudslides, floods climbs past 200

Baku, May 31, AZERTAC

The death toll from mudslides and floods in Sri Lanka has climbed past 200, with 96 others missing, the government said Wednesday, according to the Washington Post.

The Disaster Management Center said that 202 people were confirmed dead. More than 77,000 have been displaced and over 1,500 homes destroyed since rains began swamping the southern and western areas of the Indian Ocean island nation last Friday.

With an increasing number of displaced people and a lack of space in temporary shelters, many people are at risk of disease, the U.N said. Sri Lanka has seen a significant increase in mosquito-borne dengue fever this year, with more than 125 deaths.

The U.N., Australia, Japan and Pakistan also donated supplies, including water purification tablets and tents. The United States and China also pledged relief.

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