Hundreds feared dead in huge landslide disaster

imageHeavy rain triggered two huge landslides in Sri Lanka Torrential rains have forced more than 196,000 people from their homes, the latest official data showed, with the recovery of another 19 bodies across the South Asian country bringing the official death toll so far to 35. More than 350 people were plucked to safety during rescue operations in landslide-affected areas across the country this morning. At least 150 are thought to still be trapped. Rescue efforts have focused on the town of Aranayaka, 100 km (60 miles) northeast of the capital, Colombo, where three villages were buried late on Tuesday in the central district of Kegalle. A Sri Lankan Red Cross official who attended a disaster meeting at the Aranayaka landslide site said it was feared the death toll was much higher than the official figures listed so far. Read Article