Sri Lanka feared death of more than 150 due to mudslides


Colombo. Three days heavy rainfall in Sri Lanka feared death of more than 150 people buried down under two triggered landslides, reported disaster officials on Wednesday trying to rescue survivors and recover the dead.

Torrential rains have left more than 196000 people homeless, latest data showed, with the recovery of 19 other bodies buried in mudslides raising the toll to 35.

However around 250 peopkle were marked safe during rescue operations in land-slide exaggerated areas round the country and deployed 150 people trapped in Aranayake village while recovered 13 bodies from the area, Military spokesperson Brig. Jayanath Jayaweera said.

 The rescue troops recovered 3 bodies from another village Bulathkohupitiya, he said, adding that troops are on their search and rescue operations.

Troops using boats and helicopters also pulled to safety more than 200 people trapped in the north-western coastal district of Puttalam, Jayaweera said.


The Meteorological Department has forecast more rains and rough seas for island nation.