After urgent landslide warnings due to heavy rainfall during recent days, a tragedy leaves the Sri Lankan nation in distress and mourning. A whole settlement of mainly Tamil tea plantation workers in Koslanda was devastated by a landslide. The full extension of the catastrophe is not yet known. More than 100 persons are still missing.
(Reuters) - A landslide in hilly south-central Sri Lanka is believed to have killed more than 100 people on Wednesday as it buried scores of houses, a government minister said, and the toll is likely to rise.
weather forecast: rainy and stormy
In the days to come thundershowers will continue over most parts of the island, rainfalls of more than 100mm daily are likely at some places. Showers will occur in coastal areas, too. Temporary localized strong winds can occur during thundershowers.
November: cyclone season in the Gulf of Bengal
Due to the cyclone season in the eastern part of the Indian ocean, November and December are the months of highest rainfalls at the East Coast, particularly in Batticaloa almost half the annual precipitation occurs during these 2 months (770mm of 1650 mm annually).
Usually, dry season is beginning in the south-west ern part of the island. However, it can be effected by rainfalls in the Gulf of Bengal, too.
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