Heavy Rain In Sri Lanka Leaves 16 Dead, Thousands Displaced

A Sri Lankan bread seller drives his cart through a flooded area in Gampaha, about 20 kilometres east of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. At least 16 people have died in floods and mudslides in Sri Lanka following more than a week of heavy rain, officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
A Sri Lankan bread seller drives his cart through a flooded area in Gampaha, about 20 kilometres east of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. At least 16 people have died in floods and mudslides in Sri Lanka following more than a week of heavy rain, officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — At least 16 people have died in floods and mudslides in Sri Lanka following more than a week of heavy rain, officials said Wednesday.

The disaster management center said more than 5,000 people have been displaced from their homes and have taken shelter in relatives’ homes or in government-run relief centers.

Most deaths resulted from drowning and lightning strikes. At least one person was reported missing.

The months of October and November are usually the northeastern monsoon season in Sri Lanka. However, higher-than-usual rainfall has been reported in most parts of the country this year.