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Heavy rain in Sri Lanka leaves 16 dead, thousands displaced

A Sri Lankan man wades through a flooded road carrying his bicycle in Kochchikade, about 30 kilometres north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Nov. 10...
A Sri Lankan woman wades through a flooded area in Kochchikade, about 30 kilometres north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. At least 16...
A Sri Lankan woman wades through a flooded area in Kochchikade, about 30 kilometres north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. At least 16...
A boy wades through a flooded area in Kochchikade, about 30 kilometres north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. At least 16 people have ...
A Sri Lankan bread seller drives his cart through a flooded area in Gampaha, about 20 kilometres east of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021....
A Sri Lankan man wades through a flooded area pushing a bicycle in Gampaha, about 20 kilometres east of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. ...
A Sri Lankan family rides a motorcycle past a flooded area in Gampaha, about 20 kilometres east of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. At le...
A Sri Lankan man rides a cycle past a flooded area in Gampaha, about 20 kilometres east of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. At least 16 p...
Flood affected Sri Lankan women cook a meal outdoors in Kochchikade, about 30 kilometres north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. At lea...

A Sri Lankan man wades through a flooded road carrying his bicycle in Kochchikade, about 30 kilometres north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Nov. 10...

A Sri Lankan woman wades through a flooded area in Kochchikade, about 30 kilometres north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. At least 16...

A Sri Lankan woman wades through a flooded area in Kochchikade, about 30 kilometres north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. At least 16...

A boy wades through a flooded area in Kochchikade, about 30 kilometres north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. At least 16 people have ...

A Sri Lankan bread seller drives his cart through a flooded area in Gampaha, about 20 kilometres east of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021....

A Sri Lankan man wades through a flooded area pushing a bicycle in Gampaha, about 20 kilometres east of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. ...

A Sri Lankan family rides a motorcycle past a flooded area in Gampaha, about 20 kilometres east of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. At le...

A Sri Lankan man rides a cycle past a flooded area in Gampaha, about 20 kilometres east of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. At least 16 p...

Flood affected Sri Lankan women cook a meal outdoors in Kochchikade, about 30 kilometres north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. At lea...

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — At least 16 people have died in floods and mudslides in Sri Lanka following more than a week of heavy rain, officials said Wednesday.

The disaster management center said more than 5,000 people have been displaced from their homes and have taken shelter in relatives’ homes or in government-run relief centers.

Most deaths resulted from drowning and lightning strikes. At least one person was reported missing.

The months of October and November are usually the northeastern monsoon season in Sri Lanka. However, higher-than-usual rainfall has been reported in most parts of the country this year.