Update: Death Toll In Sri Lankan Multiple Blasts Rises To 138, With More Than 500 Injured

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, April 21 (NNN-SL NEWS) – The death toll from the multiple church and hotel explosions in Sri Lanka on Sunday rose to 138, while more than 500 others were injured, the country’s information department, quoting hospital sources, said.

Sources from the Colombo National Hospital, Batticaloa Hospital, in the east and Negombo Hospital on the outskirts of Colombo said, blood is urgently needed now as the wounded were being rushed in.

President Maithripala Sirisena, in a special message, read out on local news channels, urged the public to remain calm and cooperate with the authorities to conduct swift investigations into the blasts.

Sirisena also called on the public to refrain from spreading false information.

“I am shocked and saddened by the situation that has occurred. Investigations have been launched to look into what conspiracy is behind these heinous acts. Please remain calm and do not be fooled by rumours,” Sirisena said.

The Sri Lankan government is expected to hold an emergency meeting soon.– NNN-SL NEWS