Military media spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya said that more than 450 students of two universities who had got stranded in a trip to cross the Hantana mountain range had been rescued.
The military media spokesperson said that while these students from the Vavuniya and Sri Jayewardenepura Universities had thus crossed the Hantaana Mountain last morning, they had got stranded due to the heavy fog, rain and cold weather.
Military media spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya said that the army had carried out the rescue operation with the cooperation of the Kandy, Peradeniya and Galaha police stations.
The Kandy hospital spokesperson said that currently 43 rescued students were receiving treatment as internal patients.
Reports say that while there are 42 girls among these students, they receive treatment at the hospital due to the extreme chill.
All the other rescued students have by now been released from the hospital after being admitted to the Kandy hospital and given emergency treatment.