Sri Lanka landslides leave hundreds missing
May 18, Colombo: Hundreds of people are missing in Sri Lanks after massive landslides following days of rain. Rescuers are searching for the people missing people.
The Red Cross says more than 200 families are feared buried in the mudslides that hit three villages in central Kegalle district. At least 13 bodies have been recovered so far. Another three bodies were found elsewhere in the district.
Disaster officials said that about 150 people have been rescued but more than 60 houses have been buried by mud. At least 32 people have been killed in flooding during three days of torrential rain in Sri Lanka, according to official figures.
Nearly 350,000 people have been displaced by the flooding. The huge landslide happened near the town of Aranayake late on Tuesday afternoon. Rescuers say they are having difficulty getting heavy equipment to the worst-hit places, media reports said.
Images show a vast stretch of hillside which has sheared off, sending mud, rocks and trees crashing down on the villages of Siripura, Pallebage and Elagipitya.
Police confirm that they have also recovered three bodies at the village of Bulathkohupitiya, scene of another landslide in the district. Sixteen people are also missing.
The Oslo Times