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Deadly monsoon rains strike Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan coastguards walk along a beach during a heavy downpour on the outskirts of Colombo, on June 8, 2013 (Image: AFP, Lakruwan Wanniarachchi)

Sri Lankan coastguards walk along a beach during a heavy downpour on the outskirts of Colombo, on June 8, 2013 (Image: AFP, Lakruwan Wanniarachchi)


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Sunday, June 9, 2013, 4:38 PM - The death toll from strong winds and monsoon rains across Sri Lanka's coastal areas rose to 27 on Sunday, while another 29 fishermen were missing, a government spokesman said.

By Sunday afternoon, 26 fishermen have been killed, while another person died Saturday after being crushed by a fallen tree. Another 35 fishermen have been injured, Kodippili said.

Fallen trees blocked many roads, including the main highway to the Bandaranaike International Airport, just north of the capital, police said.

The meteorology department has issued a warning of bad weather with strong winds because of the southwest monsoon. 

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With files from The Associated Press

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