The 2003 Sri Lanka cyclone produced the worst flooding in that country
in 56 years. The first storm of the 2003 North Indian Ocean cyclone
season, it developed over the Bay of Bengal on May 10 and reached peak
maximum sustained winds of 140 km/h (85 mph) on May 13, making it a
very severe cyclonic storm according to the India Meteorological
Department. In the wake of prolonged precipitation during the first half
of May, the stationary cyclone in the central Bay of Bengal produced
torrential rains across southwest Sri Lanka, especially in the
mountains. A station at Ratnapura recorded 366.1 millimetres (14.41 in)
of rainfall in 18 hours on May 17, including 99.8 mm (3.93 in) in
one hour. Flooding and landslides destroyed 24,750 homes and damaged
32,426 others, displacing about 800,000 people. Damage totaled about
US$135 million, and there were 260 deaths. The cyclone also produced
some rainfall in the Indian Andaman and Nicobar Islands and along
India's eastern coast. The storm funneled moisture away from the
mainland, possibly contributing to a heat wave that killed
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