Floods caused by days of heavy rains killed at least four people, left four soldiers missing and displaced tens of thousands in insurgency-struck northern Sri Lanka, officials said on Saturday.
Keerthi Ekanayake of the Disaster Management Center said the northern Jaffna peninsula and the Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts were inundated and nearly 6,000 houses have been destroyed. Four people were confirmed dead and more than 71,000 were displaced, Ekanayake said.
The military said four soldiers stationed in Jaffna were missing after being caught in the flooding.
Hundreds of thousands of people in the region had already been displaced by fighting between government troops and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels and are living in temporary huts.
The government plans to send emergency aid and shelter materials, Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said. Aid agencies were evicted from rebel-held territory in September by the government, which said it could not guarantee their security amid the fighting.