31 dead as storm lashes Sri Lanka


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 Center.

The rain and winds that hit the island early on Saturday have also destroyed more than 100 houses and damaged 2,185 buildings.