Colombo: At least seven people died and nearly 3,000 were left homeless as the cyclonic storm 'Mahasen' caused heavy rains in the north and eastern parts of Sri Lanka.

"We have four displaced camps for over 2800 people marooned by the storm," Lal Sarath Kumara, Disaster Management Centre spokesman said.

The tropical cyclone, which developed in the southeast Bay of Bengal over the last few days, has now slowed down and is located 750 kms northeast off Jaffna, Jeewan Karunaratne of the Colombo weather office said.

Landslide warnings were also issued in the hilly districts. Some of the hilly areas have seen torrential rain.

(Agencies)

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