Storms leave 4 dead in Sri Lanka, fishermen among 23 missing

Sri Lankan municipal workers try to clear a fallen tree across a road in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. Sri Lanka's government says storms with heavy rain and winds across the country have left at least four people dead and several fishermen are among 23 people missing. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Sri Lankan pedestrians on a foot over bridge hold umbrellas to protect themselves from the rain in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. Sri Lanka's government says storms with heavy rain and winds across the country have left at least four people dead and several fishermen are among 23 people missing. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
A Sri Lankan man runs for cover as it rains next to a fallen tree in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. Sri Lanka's government says storms with heavy rain and winds across the country have left at least four people dead and several fishermen are among 23 people missing. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
A Sri Lankan man watches the Indian ocean in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. Sri Lanka's government says storms with heavy rain and winds across the country have left at least four people dead and several fishermen are among 23 people missing. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Heavy rain and winds across Sri Lanka have left at least four people dead and 23 others missing, including more than a dozen fishermen, the government said Thursday.

The Disaster Management Center said up to 150 millimeters (6 inches) more rain could fall as a result of a deep depression centered 200 kilometers (125 miles) off the coast of the capital, Colombo.

It said the missing included 13 people aboard four fishing boats. The navy deployed rescuers to search for the fishermen.

Sri Lanka has suffered frequent natural calamities in recent years. More than 200 people were killed in mudslides and floods during monsoon rains in May.

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