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Sri Lanka deploys thousands of troops as flood toll climbs to 169

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FLOODING. A Sri Lankan home is surrounded by floodwaters in the suburb of Kaduwela in the capital Colombo on May 26, 2017. Photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

The military says a lull in torrential monsoon rains allowed it to deploy aircraft, boats, and ground troops to evacuate people from flooded areas and deliver food and other essentials

KALUTARA, Sri Lanka (May 29, 2017) — Thousands of Sri Lankan troops battled Monday, May 29, to get relief supplies to nearly half a million people displaced by the island’s worst flooding in well over a decade, which has killed 169 people. Continue reading Sri Lanka deploys thousands of troops as flood toll climbs to 169

Floods, landslides kill at least 92 in Sri Lanka

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SRI LANKA FLOODING. A Sri Lankan home is surrounded by floodwaters in the suburb of Kaduwela in the capital Colombo on May 26, 2017. Photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

Officials say another 110 people remain missing

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (May 27, 2017) — Flooding and landslides killed at least 92 people and left another 110 missing in Sri Lanka as the monsoon set in Friday, May 26, dumping record rainfall in many parts of the island, authorities said. Continue reading Floods, landslides kill at least 92 in Sri Lanka

Hundreds evacuated after deadly Sri Lanka dump collapse

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LANDSLIDE. Sri Lankan residents survey damaged homes at the site of a collapsed garbage dump in Colombo on April 16, 2017. Photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

Disaster management officials say 1,700 people have been moved to temporary shelters in state schools while the government looked for alternative accommodation

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Apr. 17, 2017) — Sri Lanka has moved over 400 families to temporary shelters after tons of rotting garbage collapsed onto a slum on Friday, April 14, killing at least 28 people. Continue reading Hundreds evacuated after deadly Sri Lanka dump collapse

Hope fades for Sri Lanka missing, garbage toll hits 23

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‘It is difficult to imagine anyone could survive under these toxic conditions,’ says a police officer after 145 homes were crushed under a collapsed mountain of garbage

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Apr. 17, 2017) — Hopes of finding anyone alive under a collapsed mountain of garbage in Sri Lanka’s capital faded Sunday, April 16, as the death toll reached 23 with another 6 reported missing, police said. Continue reading Hope fades for Sri Lanka missing, garbage toll hits 23

Air pollution costs trillions and holds back poor countries, says World Bank

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Smoke billows from industrial chimney stacks in Shanxi province, northern China. The country lost nearly 10% of its GDP to air pollution in 2013. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Study finds dirty air takes huge economic toll on poor countries and costs the world more than $5tn annually in lost work days and welfare costs

September 9, 2016 — Air pollution costs the world trillions of dollars a year and severely impedes development in many countries, according to the World Bank.  Continue reading Air pollution costs trillions and holds back poor countries, says World Bank

Sri Lanka appeals for up to $2B in foreign flood aid

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MASSIVE FLOODS. Vehicles and homes inundated by the flood waters at Wellampitiya in Colombo, Sri Lanka on May 20, 2016. Photo by MA Pushpa Kumara/EPA

The Sri Lankan government seeks grants and loans, as well as experts on urban planning who can help prevent disasters

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (May 25, 2016) — Sri Lanka appealed on Wednesday, May 25, for foreign aid to recover from massive floods that caused an estimated $2 billion worth of damage and claimed more than 100 lives. Continue reading Sri Lanka appeals for up to $2B in foreign flood aid

Sri Lanka suffers worst blackout in 20 years

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POWER OUTAGE. A young man continues his studies at candle light during a major blackout in Colombo, Sri Lanka, March 13, 2016. Photo by M.A. Pushpa Kumara/EPA
Ceylon Electricity Board’s chief Anura Wijepala offers to resign over this latest power outage

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Mar. 14, 2016) — Sri Lanka suffered its worst nationwide power cut in 20 years Sunday, March 13, causing water shortages and transport and trade disruptions across the country, officials said.

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