Sri Lanka floods expected to cost at least $1.5 billion

Following Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif 's directive to provide all necessary assistance to the flood affected people of Sri Lanka, a C-130 Aircraft carrying relief assistance left for Colombo on Monday.

More than 185,000 people who are still displaced are being housed in schools and religious places. "Many wells and other sources of drinking water have been damaged or destroyed, and populations require access to sources of clean, safe water as well as sanitation facilities", the United Nations situation report said.

WEEK-LONG floods and landslides throughout Sri Lanka have pushed the death toll up to 92, with authorities fearing 109 people are still missing.

President Maithripala Sirisena visited centres in Colombo on Sunday where more than 200,000 people from low-lying parts of the capital were still staying in temporary shelters, his office said.

Stopping a serious outbreak of diarrhoea is their next goal.

They're using boats to search deeper into the flooded city to distribute aid.

Pakistan hands over the first consignment of relief items for Sri Lankan flood victims Mon, May 23, 2016, 07:10 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

With more rain, more bodies are washing up and the full extent of the damage is being exposed. He added: "This minimum damage cost does not include damaged vehicles, equipment, and machinery. We urge foreign donors to channel their relief efforts through the government", he told Reuters.

Yapa recalled that the Turkish Red Crescent had built 250 homes in the country in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami, and said Sri Lankan people could never forget Turkey.

The torrential rains have pounded Sri Lanka since last weekend, triggering massive landslides that have buried some victims in up to 50 feet of mud.

  • Elsie Buchanan