Koslanda Landslide: Over 100 individuals still unaccounted for- DMC

Koslanda Landslide: Over 100 individuals still unaccounted for- DMC

Written by News 1st

30 Oct, 2014 | 8:02 am

Minster of Disaster Management, Mahinda Amaraweera states that the threat of landslides continues to hang over the Miriyabedda area in Koslanda where at least 100 people are reported to be missing.

Speaking to News1st on Wednesday night the minister however, noted that search and rescue operations will continue on Thursday .

The Disaster Management Centre noted that the bodies of six persons who were buried in the landslide in the Miriyabedda area in Koslanda were found on Wednesday.

Assistant Director of the DMC, Pradeep Kodippili however, noted that of the 330 persons who were reportedly living in the area, approximately 150 people had been accounted for. The NBRO stated that four teams will be deployed to inspect the area in which the landslide occurred on Wednesday.

Senior Geologist at the NBRO, Dr. Gamini Jayatissa stated that they intend to conclude initial inspections on Thursday.

Rescue operations came to a standstill in the Meeriyabedda area in Koslanda owing to Wednesday’s inclement weather, after the landslide that occurred.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has expressed his condolences to the victims of the tragedy caused by the landslide in Meeriyabedda, Koslanda in Haldummulla.(Read: President expresses condolences to victims of Koslanda disaster)

Heavy showers affected other parts of the country too with landslides and floods being reported from  several areas.

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