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Several people missing in Mullaitivu after flooding burst tanks

Photograph: Flooding in Kilinochichi this week.

At least six people have been declared missing after heavy floods burst irrigation tanks in Mullaitivu, as flooding affected many parts of the North-East this week.

The Sri Lankan military has reportedly been deployed in the region, as flooding from heavy rains has affected as many as 647 people.

The heavy rains have been particularly hard in Mullaitivu, the site of the final stages of the Sri Lankan military offensive which saw tens of thousands of Tamils killed. It remains one of the poorest districts on the whole island.

Photograph: Flooding in Mullaitivu bursts an irrigation tank.

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