Death toll climbs from mudslides and floods in Sri Lanka

The death toll from mudslides and floods in Sri Lanka has climbed past 200, with 96 others missing, the government said Wednesday.

The Disaster Management Center said 203 people were confirmed dead. More than 77,000 have been displaced and over 1,500 homes destroyed since rains began inundating the southern and western areas of the Indian Ocean island nation last Friday.

Sri Lanka’s army, navy and air force are continuing relief and rescue efforts, supported by divers and navy personnel who have arrived from India.

The U.N. office in Sri Lanka said 16 hospitals directly affected by floods or landslides have been evacuated fully or partially.

With an increasing number of displaced people and a lack of space in temporary shelters, many people are at risk of disease, the U.N said. Sri Lanka has seen a significant increase in mosquito-borne dengue fever this year, with more than 125 deaths.

Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake met foreign envoys in Sri Lanka and appealed for assistance. He said 24 countries have already extended help.

The U.N., India, Australia, Japan and Pakistan are among those that have donated supplies, including water purification tablets and tents. The United States and China also pledged relief.

Mudslides have become common during Sri Lanka’s summer monsoon season as forests across the tropical nation have been cleared for export crops such as tea and rubber. A massive landslide a year ago killed more than 100 people in central Sri Lanka. (AP)

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Rohingya refugees stands in a queue for relief supplies

A Rohingya refugee boy stands in a queue to collect relief supplies after being affected by Cyclone Mora, at Balukhali Makeshift Refugee in Coxís Bazar, Bangladesh, May 31, 2017. (Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters)

A Rohingya refugee rebuilds his makeshift house

A Rohingya refugee man rebuilds his makeshift house which has been destroyed by Cyclone Mora at the Balukhali Makeshift Refugee Camp in Coxís Bazar, Bangladesh, May 31, 2017. (Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters)

Rohingya refugees gather to collect relief

Rohingya refugees gather to collect relief at the Balukhali Makeshift Refugee Camp as they are affected by Cyclone Mora in Coxís Bazar, Bangladesh, May 31, 2017. (Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters)

Soldiers carry out recovery work

Sri Lankan soldiers carry out recovery work at the site of a mudslide in the Kiribathgala village in Ratnapura district on May 31, 2017. Sri Lanka pledged May 31 to tighten construction laws as the toll from heavy rains rose, saying many landslide victims would have survived had their homes not been built on slopes. The government will also prosecute anyone violating existing rules by building on landslide-prone slopes, said Disaster Management Minister Anura Yapa. (Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images)

Army personnel clean a flood-damaged shop

Sri Lankan Army personnel clean a flood-damaged shop in Baduraliya in the district of Kalutara on May 31, 2017. (Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images)

Relief materials are handed out

Relief materials are handed out for residents in Ayagama in Ratnapura district, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Sri Lanka’s government says the death toll from mudslides and floods has exceeded 200, with dozens missing. (Sri Lanka Air Force via AP)

Men row a makeshift raft on a flooded road

Sri Lankan men row a makeshift raft on a flooded road in Godagama, Matara, Sri Lanka, May 30, 2017. (Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Flood victims are handed drinking water

Sri Lankan flood victims receive drinkable water bottles by Sri Lankan Navy soldiers at Godagama, Matara, southern part of Sri Lanka, May 30, 2017. (Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

A mudslide survivor views damage

Mud and slush cover the slope at the site of a landslide in Kiribathgala, in Ratnapura district, Sri Lanka, Monday, May 29, 2017. Kiribathgala Hill known for its gems and precious stones came crashing down last Thursday covering eight houses with their 18 inhabitants. Soldiers have recovered more than a dozen dead bodies on Monday. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

A mudslide survivor salvages belongings

A Sri Lankan mudslide survivor salvages belongings at a destroyed house in Kiribathgala, in Ratnapura district, Sri Lanka, Monday, May 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

A highway exit is flooded

A part of a flooded highway exit is seen in a village in Matara, Sri Lanka May 29, 2017. (Sri Lanka Air Force/Handout via Reuters)

A boy rides his bike along a flooded road

A boy rides his bike along a flooded road in Nagoda village, in Kalutara, Sri Lanka, May 29, 2017. (Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)

A family sits inside their flooded house

A family sits on a table inside their flooded house in Nagoda village in Kalutara, Sri Lanka, May 29, 2017. (Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)

A rescue team member searches for flood victims

A Sri Lankan Navy rescue team member searches for flood victims on a flooded road in Nagoda village in Kalutara, Sri Lanka, May 29, 2017. (Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)

Houses are submerged in floodwaters

Houses are submerged in floodwaters in Sri Lanka. Helicopters searched for people still marooned after rain-triggered floods and mudslides inundated villages 28, 2017 (Sri Lanka Air Force via AP)

A relative of a landslide victim reacts

A relative of a victim reacts at a landslide site during a rescue mission in Athwelthota village, in Kalutara, Sri Lanka, May 28, 2017. (Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)

A TV set floats on a flooded road

A TV set floats on a flooded road in Dodangoda village in Kalutara, Sri Lanka, May 28, 2017. (Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)

A man rows a makeshift raft on a flooded road

A Sri Lankan man rows a makeshift raft on a flooded road in Wehangalla village in Kalutara district, Sri Lanka, Saturday, May 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Air force personnel attend to a flood victim

Sri Lankan air force personnel attend to a flood victim inside a helicopter after rescuing him in Kalawana, in Ratnapura district of Sri Lanka, May 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Rukmal Gamage)

Villagers prepare to bury landslide victims

Sri Lankan villagers prepare to bury victims of a landslide at a cemetery in Bellana village, in Kalutara district in, Sri Lanka, Saturday, May 27, 2017. Sri Lanka has appealed for outside help as dozens were killed in floods and mudslides and dozens others went missing. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

A man removes belongings from his submerged house

A Sri Lankan man removes belongings from his submerged house at Wehangalla village in Kalutara district, Sri Lanka, Saturday, May 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lankans watch military rescue effort

Sri Lankans watch military rescue efforts at the site of a landslide at Bellana village in Kalutara district, Sri Lanka, Friday, May 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

A man stands at the site of a landslide

A man stands on top of a damaged bike during a rescue mission at the site of a landslide in Bellana village in Kalutara, Sri Lanka, May 26, 2017. (Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)

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