Sri Lanka floods kill 13

February 5, 2011 (AFP) – Renewed rains in Sri Lanka have flooded a large number of towns and villages and killed at least 13 people, officials said Saturday. The new flooding came after the United Nations issued an appeal for 51 million dollars in emergency aid to help up to a million people affected by floods last month. Most of them were hit once again by the latest rains, officials said. Heavy monsoon downpours have driven some 800,000 people out of their flooded homes and into state-run welfare centres or to stay with friends and relatives on higher ground, officials said.

“The situation in the Eastern, North and North Central Provinces is serious as monsoon rains continue,” the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said in a statement.

Police said the number of people killed in the latest flood-related incidents had risen to 13 after five people who went missing after a boat accident on Thursday night were later declared dead.

The DMC said that floods were widespread and were flowing over roads, agricultural land and town centres, worsening the damage already caused by rains that began in December.

At least 43 people were killed and a