COLOMBO:?Naval boats and helicopters scoured seas off Sri Lanka Monday for dozens of missing fishermen, as the confirmed death toll from heavy?monsoon?rain and strong winds rose to 31, an official said.
The bodies of 30 fishermen plus one victim on land have so far been recovered while another 31 fishermen caught in rough seas are missing, said a spokesman for the Disaster Management Centre (DMC).
The rain and winds which hit the island early on Saturday have also destroyed more than 100 houses and damaged another 2,185 buildings, said the spokesman,cheap oakley sunglasses, Sarath Lal Kumara.
“We continue to look for missing people,” Kumara told AFP.
“The navy and the air force are leading the search and rescue operations,cheap oakley sunglasses.”
Another 35 people have been injured by the storm.
A group of Buddhist monks has lodged a protest with the Colombo meteorological office, accusing it of failing to alert people early enough about the strength of the?monsoon.
“Your inefficiency resulted in a national calamity,” the monks said in a letter addressed to the head of the office. “We demand that you take every step possible to prevent a recurrence.”
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Saturday’s vote will be a democratic milestone in a country ruled for half its history by the military but the campaign has been marred by Taliban threats and attacks which have killed more than 110 people since mid-April.
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MANILA: Philippine aviation authorities shut down one of the country’s busiest?airports on Monday after a passenger jet overshot the runway when landing during a rainstorm, officials said.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said Davao International?Airport?in the south of the country would be closed until Monday evening while authorities removed the Cebu Pacific Airbus A320 plane,cheap oakley sunglasses.
The jet, with 165 people aboard, “veered off to the right of the runway” shortly after landing on Sunday night from Manila, the company said.
“All the passengers were safe,” airline spokeswoman Candice Iyog told AFP. “We do not know exactly what caused the airplane to swerve, but we are cooperating with the accident investigators.”
However Father Joel Tabora, president of the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Davao University, charged that Cebu Pacific had endangered its passengers, including Ateneo faculty and students, during the emergency because of alleged incompetence.