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Heavy rain and strong winds is forecast to continue into the first week of June, raising the risk that current conditions may worsen with land access to many affected areas restricted due to water inundation and landslides.

At least 103 people were confirmed killed, 113 were missing and more than 230,000 were displaced by the landslides on Friday, the national disaster management centre said.

An army officer sits on top of a moving armoured personnel carrier as a house is seen on a flooded road during a rescue mission in Bulathsinhala village, in Kalutara, Sri Lanka.

He said the government was air dropping 10,000 life jackets for marooned people until they could be moved to safer ground.

The WHO will be supporting the Ministry of Health to deploy medical teams to the affected districts.

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The foreign ministry said that another ship filled with relief supplies from India will arrive in Colombo on Sunday.

Save the Children warned of a potential increase in dengue cases in the country.

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A massive landslide in central Sri Lanka killed more than 100 people last May.

Pakistan said it was in talks with Colombo to send relief supplies.

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Five members of the same family who were buried in a mudslide - a husband and wife and their three teenage daughters - were laid to rest in a common grave Saturday afternoon.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena was scheduled to return to Colombo Friday night after a two-day state visit to Australia and plans to hold an emergency meeting with emergency officials to discuss relief operations, an administration official said.

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

The meterological department said the rains ended a prolonged drought that had threatened agriculture as well as hydropower generation.

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