Floods and landslides have caused major damage in two thirds of Sri Lanka as severe weather hits. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: At least 24 people have been killed and another eight are missing after heavy rains lashed 21 of Sri Lanka's 25 districts. A further 15 people have so far been reported injured as severe weather hit homes and local roads, with more than a million people understood to have been significantly affected. The highest number of deaths was reported in the central hill district of Badulla, where there were a number of major landslides. The Meteorology Department on Saturday (December 27) forecast heavy rains and strong winds especially in the North, East, North Central and Hambantota districts as another strong depression condition was approaching the country. The government deployed the armed forces for rescue missions and to provide relief to tens of thousands of people who have taken refuge in temporary shelters in schools and religious places. The floods some experts say is the worst for over 50 years is also disrupting the campaign for the presidential election, due on January 8, amidst speculation that it may have to be postponed if the bad weather continues.