DMC says 142 persons missing after Koslanda landslide

DMC says 142 persons missing after Koslanda landslide

Written by Bella Dalima

30 Oct, 2014 | 9:03 pm

The Disaster Management Centre has confirmed that 142 persons are missing following the landslide in Koslanda, Meeriyabedda.

According to reports from the DMC, several  bodies have been pulled out of the rubble so far.

Further, reports also emerge that 63 houses have been buried by the landslide. The search operation for those missing in the landslide recommenced on Thursday morning after bad weather forced authorities to suspend rescue efforts on Wednesday evening.

A group of 500 army personnel are assisting with the rescue operations.  Army Media Spokesperson Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said that a team of Army Commandos and Special Task Force personnel specialised in relief efforts are engaged in the search and rescue operation.

Airmen, Disaster Management Units and residents are also assisting the armed forces with the rescue efforts.

 

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