A closer look at the Koslanda Landslide: Death toll rises to ten

A closer look at the Koslanda Landslide: Death toll rises to ten

Written by Bella Dalima

29 Oct, 2014 | 3:55 pm

The Assistant Director of the DMC in Badulla says that 300 people are reported missing following Wednesday morning’s landslide in Meeriyabedda, Haldumulla.

Ten bodies have been recovered so far.

According to the DMC, 150 houses are reportedly buried under the rubble while 300 persons remain missing.

A row of seven line-houses have been buried owing to the landslide which extends over one and a half kilometers.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ordered the Defence Secretary, Chief Minister of the Uva Province and the Minister of Disaster Management to act immediately to look into the disaster situation in Koslanda, Meeriyabadda and undertake necessary rescue operations

The Presidential Media Unit said that the President had directed these instructions to the aforementioned parties via telephone from Trincomalee.

Meanwhile, Sector Commander of the Central Province Major General Mano Perera has confirmed that 500 army personnel have been deployed for rescue efforts following the landslides.

The Assistant Director of the DMC Pradeep Kodippilli noted that rescue operations are currently underway.  Army Spokesperson Brigadier Wanigasuriya noted that rescue operations are being carried out with the intervention of  thesecurity forces.

Meanwhile,  the Assistant Director of the Badulla DMC noted that around 100 families from the Badulla District Secretariat have been displaced owing to the overflowing of the  Badulu Oya.

Nuwara Eliya District Secretariat, DPG Kumarasiri says that sluice gates of the Wimalasurendra Tank have been opened due to heavy showers experienced in the area. Railway services along the Ella-Demodara railway line have also come to a standstill owing to a landslide which occurred in the area.

Chief Operator of the Railway Control room, DV Gunapala stated that travel along the upcountry railway will be limited to Bandarawela. Meanwhile, Our correspondent noted that three main roads have been closed owing rock slides and landslides which occurred in twenty two areas in Gampola.

Thereby, the Ambuluwawa which cuts across Hemmathe Gama as well as the Watadeniya roads which runs through Kadugannawa have been blocked. Our correspondent noted that several vehicles still remain trapped from last night.

The Gampola District Secretariat stated that five families which were affect by landslides in the Sinhaapitiya were relocated. Meanwhile, the National Building Research Organisation has issued an advisory to Nuwara Eliya, Kandy and Badulla Districts of the threat of landslides occurring in these areas.

According to education officials, ten schools in Haldumulla Education Division will be closed until Monday, November  3.


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 Aerial photos from Koslanda landslide

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