Sri Lanka floods: Woman gives birth to stillborn onboard rescue chopper

Press Trust of India, Colombo | ByPress Trust of India
May 29, 2017 11:02 PM IST

The woman went into labour minutes after being airlifted to safety from Ratnapura district, which is one of the worst flood-hit areas in the country.

A 19-year-old Sri Lankan woman on Monday gave birth to a stillborn baby on board a helicopter minutes after being rescued in the flood-hit southwestern region.

In this photo taken on Saturday, May 27, 2017, Sri Lankan air force personnel carry an elderly man into a helicopter after rescuing him in Kalawana, in Ratnapura district of Sri Lanka.(AP)
In this photo taken on Saturday, May 27, 2017, Sri Lankan air force personnel carry an elderly man into a helicopter after rescuing him in Kalawana, in Ratnapura district of Sri Lanka.(AP)

The woman was rushed to a nearby hospital where her condition was under control, rescue officials said.

She went into labour minutes after being airlifted to safety from Ratnapura district, which is one of the worst flood-hit areas in the country.

At least 177 people have been killed and 104 others missing in the island nation’s worst torrential rains in 14 years. The death toll is expected to rise further, according to the Disaster Management Centre.

Some 412 houses were fully damaged with over 4,200 houses suffering partial damage. Some 471,000 people remain displaced while over 75,000 people are currently being housed in over 330 temporary relief accommodation.

The flooding is the worst since May 2003 when 250 people were killed and 10,000 homes destroyed after a similarly powerful Southwest monsoon, officials had said.

Sri Lanka, which has been heavily deforested for cash crops, often witnesses landslides during the monsoon season.

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