13 Jan '11, 10am

Floods force a million Sri Lankans from their homes - Channel NewsAsia via @AddThis

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan authorities on Thursday said more than one million people had been forced out of their homes by flooding over the last week, as it began distributing emergency food, clothing and bedding. At least 21 people have died during the monsoon floods, the government said, with the centre and east of the island worst hit. A spokesman for the disaster management centre in the capital Colombo said the eastern district of Batticaloa, which saw bloody fighting in the civil war that ended in 2009, was badly affected after heavier than usual seasonal rains. "Some 533,000 people have been displaced in Batticaloa district alone where we have set up 225 camps to accommodate them," the spokesman said, adding that a total of 1,066,000 people have been displaced. More than 250,000 people have taken shelter in state-run relief camps while the other displaced people have move...

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