Shelters fill up after mudslide

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Published: Friday 31st October 2014 by The News Editor

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Sri Lankan authorities are warning of more landslides at a tea plantation where a deadly torrent of mud swept away scores of homes this week.

Disaster officials estimate that about 100 people were killed on Wednesday morning when monsoon rains unleashed a cascade of muddy earth at the Koslanda plantation in Badulla district in central Sri Lanka.

Many villagers believe the figure could exceed 200.

One resident, Kannusamy Mahendran, said they have been warned of mudslides several times by the authorities since 2002.

He says the government provided housing for only 25 of the 75 families in his neighbourhood over recent years, and the rest are being told to move into nearby schools and temples with the survivors of the mudslide.

Published: Friday 31st October 2014 by The News Editor

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