Koslanda landslide victims were asked to vacate: Mahinda Amaraweera (Watch Report)

Koslanda landslide victims were asked to vacate: Mahinda Amaraweera (Watch Report)

Written by Staff Writer

29 Oct, 2014 | 12:02 pm

Minister of the Disaster Management Centre Mahinda Amaraweera notes that around 150 persons have been reported missing in the Koslanda, Meeriyabedda area following a  landslide.

The Minister said that prior warnings were given to the people in these areas to evacuate in 2005 and 2012, and that this misfortune had taken place because the residents did not take their request into consideration.

[quote]Along with the landslide reported in Koslanda , around 70 line houses, 10 rooms and 3 houses have been buried. Around 150 persons have been reported missing in the area. The ministry together with the Army are approaching the affected areas to provide relief. Our officers have already been dispatched to the area. An area spanning around 3 kilometers have been buried owing to landslides. I also wish to state that we had issued prior warnings to the people in these areas to evacuate in 2005 and 2012. However this misfortune had taken place becuse they did not take our request into consideration. Although 150 persons have been reported missing, only 3 bodies have been recovered.[/quote]

According to police, around one and a half kilometres have been buried in rubble owing to the landslide. It is reported that three  bodies have been recovered from the rubble so far.

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