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Heavy Monsoon Rains, Winds Kill 27 in Sri Lanka

10 June 2013

The death toll from strong winds and monsoon rains across the Sri Lanka’s coastal-belt rose to 27 while another 29 fishermen are missing. The navy is searching for the 29 fishermen and more than 32 boats missing since the monsoon rains and winds hit Saturday, said Pradeep Kodippili, a spokesman for the government’s disaster management center. He said fishermen had been hardest hit by the weather, accounting for all but one of the dead. The Sri Lankan military deployed three ships and two helicopters for a rescue operation and was able to rescue 20 fishermen in the rough seas.—AP