Gulf Times - Colombo
Rescuers try to save woman trapped in Colombo building

Rescuers try to save woman trapped in Colombo building

Rescuers were digging through rubble trying to save a woman they feared was trapped inside a collapsed wedding reception hall in Colombo, officials said after confirming that one man had been killed and 23 injured.

27 injured as building collapses in Sri Lanka's capital

27 injured as building collapses in Sri Lanka's capital

At least 27 people were injured after a five-storey building collapsed in Sri Lankan capital Colombo on Thursday and police and the army were looking for survivors.

Garbage piles up in Colombo as dump collapse toll hits 31

Garbage piles up in Colombo as dump collapse toll hits 31

Hundreds of tonnes of rotting garbage piled up in Sri Lanka's capital on Tuesday after the main rubbish dump was shut following an accident that killed at least 31 people.

Sri Lankan garbage mountain buries 40 homes, kills two

Sri Lankan garbage mountain buries 40 homes, kills two

At least two people were killed and 10 others injured in Sri Lanka's capital on Friday after a massive rubbish dump buried an estimated 40 homes during the traditional new year.

Sri Lanka eyes $3.5bn post-war tourism boom

Sri Lanka eyes $3.5bn post-war tourism boom

Sri Lanka aims to make a record $3.5bn from tourism this year on the back of its improved rights record under a new government after years of ethnic war, its tourism minister said on Monday.

Sri Lanka to shut down airport partially for renovations

Sri Lanka to shut down airport partially for renovations

Sri Lanka's main international airport will be partially shut down for several hours a day for three months next year for major renovations, the Civil Aviation Authority said on Friday.

Flight crew prevents drunk pilot from taking off in Frankfurt

Flight crew prevents drunk pilot from taking off in Frankfurt

A drunk pilot who wanted to take off on a flight from Frankfurt to Colombo with more than 270 passengers on board was stopped by the cabin crew, according to a report from news site hessenschau.de on Sunday.

Whitewash as Sri Lanka win third Test against Australia

Whitewash as Sri Lanka win third Test against Australia

Sri Lanka clinched their first series whitewash over a major cricketing nation on Wednesday as they won the third and final Test against Australia by 163 runs, with spinner Rangana Herath taking 7-64.

Sri Lanka rain toll hits 101 as waters recede

Sri Lanka rain toll hits 101 as waters recede

Floods subsided across Sri Lanka on Tuesday revealing the full extent of damage from last week's deluge that also triggered landslides, officials said, as the death toll crossed 100.

Foreign aid reaches flooded Sri Lankan capital, 71 dead

Foreign aid reaches flooded Sri Lankan capital, 71 dead

Foreign aid began arriving in Sri Lanka on Saturday, bringing help to half a million people who have been driven from their homes by heavy rains and landslides that have killed at least 71.

200,000 flee capital as Sri Lanka flood misery worsens

200,000 flee capital as Sri Lanka flood misery worsens

Sri Lankans clambered onto rubber dinghies and makeshift rafts on Friday to flee their flooded capital as fresh downpours elsewhere hampered relief efforts.

Hopes fade for 150 feared buried in Sri Lanka landslides

Hopes fade for 150 feared buried in Sri Lanka landslides

Hopes faded on Thursday for the survival of about 150 people trapped under the mud and rubble of two landslides in Sri Lanka, as heavy rain hampered rescue operations and the death toll from the disaster rose to 41.