Sri Lanka mudslide leaves scores missing
Written by Morenike Adebayo on May 19, 2016
Rescuers in Sri Lanka are searching for scores of people missing after massive landslides following days of rain. The army said that one hundred and thirty-four people remained unaccounted for after mudslides hit three villages in central Kegalle district.
At least fourteen bodies have been recovered so far. Another three bodies were found elsewhere in the district. Disaster officials say about one hundred and fifty people have been rescued but more than sixty houses have been buried by mud. The huge landslide, which happened near the town of Aranayake late on Tuesday afternoon, has killed at least thirty-seven people in total, according to official figures. Nearly three hundred and fifty thousand people have been displaced.