21 dead, more than 100 missing in latest Sri Lanka landslides

Rescue workers recovered 21 bodies from two mudslides in central Sri Lanka, while more than 100 other people remained unaccounted for, a local government official said Wednesday.

Eighteen of the bodies, including children, were found in Aranayaka, 120 kilometres north-east of the capital, where around 100 people were still missing, said WM Abeywickrema, the chief administrative officer for the Kegalle district.

In nearby Bulathkohupitiya another mudslide killed three and left 17 missing.

Both mudslides happened overnight.

At least 50 people have died in Sri Lanka over the past four days in landslides and heavy rains. More than 250,000 people have been displaced.

Last update: Wed, 18/05/2016 - 11:37

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