Sri Lanka landslides: Hundreds feared dead as mud swamps villages

More than 200 people are missing and feared buried in Sri Lanka after torrential rains sent landslides cascading over three villages.

Sixteen bodies have already been recovered but around 180 people have been rescued from the enormous piles of mud and debris unleashed at around 5pm on Tuesday, according to military spokesman Brig. Jayanath Jayaweera.

The Sri Lankan Red Cross said at least 200 families were missing but officials said the situation remained unclear.

More than 300 soldiers have been deployed to search for survivors in the villages of Siripura, Pallebage and Elagipitya in Kegalle District, about 72 kilometers (45 miles) north of Colombo, the capital, Brig. Jayaweera said. Heavy fog and electricity outages, as well as the instability of the ground, were complicating rescue efforts.

-More at Independent







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