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Photo: In the deep mire

07 November 2014


A military rescue team searches the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla, Sri Lanka, on Thursday of last week. Officials estimate that the landslide the previous day resulted in at least ten deaths. On Tuesday, 28 people were still missing. Initial official reports suggested that more than 250 people had been buried. The two-mile-long landslide was triggered by days of heavy monsoon rains. The disaster-management minister has said that new homes will be built in a safe location. 

The Anglican Communion News Service reported that Church of Ceylon clergy and lay people in the area, and the board of social responsibility of the diocese of Colombo, were closely following the situation. They would co-ordinate the Church's relief efforts once the situation permitted; the Church's involvement was likely to be in post-disaster rehabilitation for survivors and victims' families

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