200 families feared buried by flood-triggered landslides

May 18, 2016 10:50 AM

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200 families feared buried by flood-triggered landslides

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Torrential rains have sent landslides cascading over three villages in Sri Lanka, and at least 200 families were feared buried under the mud Wednesday, 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 at around 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to military spokesman Brig. Jayanath Jayaweera.

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