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Monday, 17 April 2017 - 7:54
Rescue Operations continue in search of missing persons in the Meethotamulla tragedy; Death toll increases to 26

The search operation for missing persons in the Meethotamulla garbage dump collapse continues on.

Military media spokesman Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne told our news team that the rumor that the search has come to an end is not true.

As of this morning, the death toll stands at 26.

980 persons from 228 families have been affected by the tragedy.

Assistant Director of the Disaster Management Centre Pradeep Kodippili noted that over 74 individuals have been given shelter at temporary accommodations.

Meanwhile, courts ordered the postmortem examinations of the deceased to be held immediately and that the bodies be released to the victims’ relatives.

Seven individuals are currently receiving treatment at the Colombo National hospital.

A woman, who was receiving treatment in the ICU, succumbed to her injuries yesterday.

The hospital director, Anil Jasinghe noted that one other individual is in critical condition.

Police stated that the funerals for the victim commenced yesterday at Kotikawaththa cemetery.

The Meethotamulla garbage dump collapsed on the 14th of April around 3pm.

Around 140 houses were damaged in and around the area.

 

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