Sri Lanka mudslide: Army fears 134 missing are dead

Sri Lanka mudslide: Army fears 134 missing are dead

Sri Lankan teams searching for scores of people missing after a landslide fear there may be no more survivors. So far troops have rescued 150 people from the worst-hit site in central Kegalle district, but hopes are fading for another 134 still unaccounted for.

No more people were found overnight, dead or alive – on Wednesday 14 bodies were pulled from the mud. Five more bodies were found at the site of another mudslide in the district, bringing the death toll there to 10.

Landslides and flooding caused by days of torrential rain have hit many parts of the country, killing at least 43 people in total, according to official figures. Nearly 350,000 people have been displaced.

In the worst-hit area, Aranayake district, three villages were buried after a huge section of hillside sheared away in the rain on Tuesday.

Bad weather is hampering the army’s efforts to reach possible survivors.

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