Maldives Emb on high alert as Sri Lanka weather worsens

Maldives embassy in Sri Lanka remained on high-alert as a major storm left three dead, two missing and more than a dozen injured across the neighbouring country.

Maldives Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Mohamed Hussain Shareef told Avas that the embassy was closely monitoring the thousands of locals residing in Sri Lanka.

Schools were closed Thursday across southern and central provinces and planes diverted as heavy rain battered the island.

Fallen trees killed three people late Wednesday and blocked roads and railway tracks, according to authorities.

Shareef said no Maldivian had been hurt thus far but several locals had reported damages to their houses.

"Strong winds had damaged some roofs. But we haven't received any reports of major damages to force an evacuation," he explained.

At least 15 people have been treated for injuries in storm accidents, a spokesperson for the Colombo National Hospital said.

The national weather service predicted heavy rains and strong wind gusts of up to 70 kilometers (42 miles) an hour across Sri Lanka.

The rain and wind caused the diversion of at least two Colombo-bound flights from India to Mattala International Airport in the south, aviation officials said.