As many as 112 people are still missing, and the death toll is expected to rise, as authorities battle to rescue those still stranded and warn of the possibility of crocodile attacks.
“It was only the next morning that troops arrived in boats, and took us to safe ground,” Banakiyanage Gnanawathie, who lives in the badly hit town of Matara, told CNN by phone.
“I have never seen such floods though I have spent my entire lifetime in Matara. We have lost all our belongings and remain in the clothes we wore. I am still happy we escaped the floods and even the crocodiles,” she said.
She said that they won’t be able to return home for days.
“There is only a roof and building. We have lost everything else.”
The High Commission also tweeted an image of the Sri Lankan foreign minister, Ravi Karunanayake, receiving aid from one of the Indian vessels.