More than 200,000 people have been affected by flooding resulting from heavy rains in Sri Lanka, a disaster management official said Monday.
Heavy rains lasted from noon Sunday to about noon on Monday, said A.R. Jayarathne, assistant director of the country’s Disaster Management Center.
Large tanks in the region, set up to irrigate rice paddy fields, overflowed, forcing authorities to open sluice gates, he said.
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