Heavy monsoon rains, winds kill 27 in Sri Lanka

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Posted: Jun 09, 2013 12:02 PM

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — 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.

The navy was searching for the fishermen and more than 32 boats that are missing since heavy monsoon rains and winds hit early Saturday, said Pradeep Kodippili, a spokesman for the government's disaster management center.

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.

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