Heavy rain in Sri Lanka leaves 16 dead, thousands displaced

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) – At least 16 people have died in floods and mudslides in Sri Lanka after more than a week of heavy rain, officials said on Wednesday.

The Disaster Management Center said more than 5,000 people have been displaced from their homes and have sought refuge in relatives’ homes or government-run relief centers.

Most deaths have occurred due to drowning and lightning strikes. At least one person has been reported missing.

The months of October and November are usually the northeast monsoon season in Sri Lanka. However, more precipitation than usual has been reported in most parts of the country this year.

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