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Last Updated: Sunday May 06 2007 15:26 GMT

Heavy flooding strikes Sri Lanka

Floods in Sri Lanka

Eleven people have died after heavy rain caused major flooding in the capital city of Sri Lanka.

More than 50,000 people have lost their homes in the Asian city of Colombo after rainfall flooded the roads.

People who have lost their homes are now living in schools and temples while they wait for the water to go down.

Experts believe that more people could be without basic shelter and food with up to 80,000 residents struggling to cope with the effects of the downpour.

Rain like this, called monsoons, often fall in this area and can happen anytime between now and September.

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