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Thursday, 30 October 2014 - 8:07
Update : Haldumulla rescue operations resumes: Military personnel increased upto 700 ‪#‎KoslandaLandslide‬
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Disaster Management  Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says that the operations for rescuing victims of the landslide tragedy at Meeriyabaedda in Haldummulla in Haputale will recommence this morning.

Last afternoon these operations were temporarily halted due to heavy the rain in the area.

The Disaster Management Centre says that by now dead bodies of 10 persons gone missing due to landslides had been recovered.

Reports say that due to the landslide that occurred last morning at Meeriyabaedda about 150 persons have gone missing.

Commandant Major General Mano Perera in charge of Central Province Security told our news team that today 200 extra personnel had been deployed for operations in search of those gone missing due to the landslide.

Yesterday 500 security military personnel had been deployed for rescue operations.

Commandant Major General Mano Perera said further that operations in search of those gone missing would be carried out from this morning using bachoes.

Meanwhile the Sri Lanka Air Force  said that a helicopter is also kept ready to assist the soldiers engaged in the operations should the need arise at any time.

Disaster Management  Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said steps would be taken for providing all facilities  required for the operations for the searching for those gone missing.

The Minister said that pre-accident warning with regard to landslides had been given to the people resident in the area.

7 line-rooms comprised of 120 households and two government houses which were situated in 100 acres land were subjected to the landslide last morning.

The Disaster Management Center also said many children have escaped death as they had set off for school at the time of the deadly landslide.

The Center also said that parents of certain children are missing, and such children have now been kept in temporary welfare centers set up at Koslanda Tamil School and Punagala Number one Tamil School.

Meanwhile Bandarawela Circuit Education Director Ariyadasa Rathnayake said that 10 schools in the affected area of Haldummulla were closed until next Monday.

Related story published below :
http://www.hirunews.lk/95839/rescue-operations-suspended-due-to-adverse-weather























































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