Foreign Office issues warning for holidaymakers planning to visit Sri Lanka tourist areas

Sri Lanka - image from Pixaby
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South Yorkshire holidaymakers have been warned over travelling to Sri Lanka by the Foreign Office after flooding and landslides in the area.

At least 177 people have died and thousands more people are at risk of potentially fatal diseases after flooding and landslides hit the country.

Nearly 500,000 people have been displaced by the flooding and mudlsides, which was triggered by heavy rains on Friday.

Survivors struggling in the aftermath of the disaster are now at risk of illnesses such as dengue fever as military boats and helicopters are drawn in the help rescuers.

The Foreign Office updated its travel advice to Sri Lanka on Tuesday and advised holidaymakers considering travelling to affected to seek local advice before embarking on their trip.

A Foreign Office spokesperson said: "Monsoon rains have caused widespread flooding, leading to displacement of people, injuries and deaths.

"Heavy rains and landslips have also led to road closures affecting local transport links.

"See the Sri Lanka Disaster Management Centre website for the latest updates on flooding and seek local advice before travelling to affected areas.

"Most visits to Sri Lanka are trouble-free. However, you should be aware of the risk of sexual assault, spiked drinks, road accidents, drowning due to dangerous tides and credit card fraud."

As many as 99 people are still missing in the aftermath of the disaster with the death toll expected to rise.

The Foreign Office said that people wishing to travel to Sri Lanka should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.

Residents wishing to travel to Sri Lanka require visas while short stay visas can be obtained online.