Friday 9 December 2016

Rescuers' desperate search for 200 families feared buried by mudslides in Sri Lanka

Published 18/05/2016 | 08:44

Sri Lankan residents wade through floodwaters as they go about their daily chores in Kelaniya suburb of the capital Colombo on May 18, 2016
Sri Lankan residents wade through floodwaters as they go about their daily chores in Kelaniya suburb of the capital Colombo on May 18, 2016

Rescuers are searching for more than 200 families feared buried by rain-triggered mudslides in three villages in central Sri Lanka.

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A military spokesman said 16 bodies have been recovered so far, adding that 150 people are known to have survived the landslides that hit their villages on Tuesday night.

The Sri Lankan Red Cross said at least 200 families are still missing from the villages of Siripura, Pallebage and Elagipitya in Kegalle District, about 72 kilometres (45 miles) north of Colombo.

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