Fears for miss­ing fam­i­lies

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Tor­ren­tial rains have sent landslides cas­cad­ing over three vil­lages in Sri Lanka, and at least 200 fam­i­lies were feared buried un­der the mud yes­ter­day, the Sri Lankan Red Cross said. Six­teen bod­ies have al­ready been re­cov­ered and about 180 peo­ple have been res­cued from the enor­mous piles of mud and de­bris un­leashed about 5pm on Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to mil­i­tary spokesman Brig Jayanath Jayaweera. More than 300 sol­diers have been de­ployed to search for sur­vivors in the vil­lages of Siripura, Palle­bage and Elagip­itya in Ke­galle District, about 72km north of Colombo, the cap­i­tal, Jayaweera said. Heavy fog and elec­tric­ity out­ages, as well as the in­sta­bil­ity of the ground, were com­pli­cat­ing res­cue ef­forts. At least 200 fam­i­lies were re­ported miss­ing yes­ter­day, the Sri Lankan Red Cross said. State broad­caster Ru­pavahini showed im­ages of huge mounds of earth cov­er­ing houses.

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