World Bulletin / News Desk
Speaking at a news conference in Geneva, UNICEF Sri Lanka representative Tim Sutton said the floods and landslides which began on May 26 "created probably the worst natural disaster we have had in Sri Lanka for the number of years".
Almost 80 people remain missing and 22,000 people have been displaced and are living in emergency shelters, Sutton said.
In 2016, Sri Lanka was hit by severe floods and landslides which claimed more than 100 lives. Similar conditions in 2003 cost 250 people their lives.