Koslanda Landslide: Body parts found as search goes on in the rain (Watch Report)

Koslanda Landslide: Body parts found as search goes on in the rain (Watch Report)

Written by News 1st

03 Nov, 2014 | 8:10 pm

Members of the security forces who are currently engaged in search and rescue operations in Miriyebedda, Koslanda were able to recover three more bodies on Monday.

The search and rescue operation to find those missing in Miriyabedda entered its sixth day on Monday. The search operation is being undertaken with the assistance of the army, navy and air force.

The search continued despite intermittent showers experienced in the area. Security Forces Commander Central, Major General Mano Perera, who is coordinating the search operation, stated that the body of a nine-month-old infant was amongst the bodies that were pulled out of the mud and rubble.

[quote]We had found six bodies as of Sunday. We found two more on Monday and several body parts. So, nine bodies including bones and other limbs have been found. So our count at present is eight bodies and the parts of one or more bodies.[/quote]

Security forces are also repairing the access road to the village that was buried in the landslide and drainage systems in the area.

Major General Mano Perera said:

[quote]We need to build two large culverts before we can connect with the Koslanda estate. Two structures have been brought in by the Disaster Management Centre and this is being used to build the culverts. We hope to return transportation along the road to some level of normalcy in the near future.[/quote]

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