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Over 200 families feared buried by landslides in Sri Lanka

Post  Sirop14 on Wed May 18, 2016 3:34 pm

Over 200 families feared buried by landslides in Sri Lanka
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 15:32, 18 May 2016 | UPDATED: 15:32, 18 May 2016

ELANGAPITIYA VILLAGE, Sri Lanka (AP) — Soldiers and police used sticks and bare hands Wednesday to dig through enormous piles of mud covering houses in three villages hit by massive landslides in central Sri Lanka, with hundreds of families reported missing.
By evening, rescuers had pulled 17 bodies from the mud and debris unleashed by several days of heavy rain across the island nation. Officials said the extent of the tragedy was still unclear, but the Sri Lankan Red Cross said at least 220 families were unaccounted for.
"The task is to figure out what happened to them," the Red Cross said in a statement, noting that some people may have left after local officials warned earlier this week of possible landslides


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