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hundreds of families missing after landslide buries three villages

By Amantha Perera in Colombo and agencies - Wed May 18, 5:14 am

Rescuers in Sri Lanka have started the grim task of looking for more than 200 families missing following a massive landslide in remote Aranayake area, on the slopes of the Central Hills.

The Sri Lankan Red Cross said that the following heavy rains over the last three days.

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Red Cross officials said that they suspected that at least 220 families were missing going by government population records. However, government officials were reluctant to confirm the figure.

“I can only tell you that we have recovered 15 bodies from two locations,” Pradeep Kodippili spokesperson for the Disaster Management Center said. In total, 27 people had died across the country due to the severe weather and flooding, officials said….

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