At least 169 people have been killed in the flooding and landslides caused by torrential rains in Sri Lanka, according to media reports.
Over 500,000 people have been displaced, officials said. Rescue workers are helping people in areas hit hard by the calamity. 104 people have been reported missing. Military boats and helicopters are helping rescuers.
The flooding is said to be the worst since May 2003 when a similarly powerful monsoon from the southwest destroyed 10,000 homes and killed 250 people.