Friday, 31 October 2014 - 8:11
Search operation in land slide hit Meeriyabadda today as well. A special canine unit deployed in search of the missing. #KoslandaLandslide
Central Province Security Commander Major General Mano Perera said search operations will continue today in search of survivors of the Meeriyabedda landslide.
Nearly 700 army soldiers and 52 airmen joined the search operations.
At the same time, a Bel-212 helicopter and a MI-17 helicopter have been kept stand-by at Nuwara Eliya and Ratmalana air force camps for emergency call.
The Disaster Management Center stated that 100 persons are missing in the landslide that occurred in Meeriyabedda at Koslanda.
According to their latest statistics, 330 residents belonging to 57 families had occupied the ill-fated line-rooms.
Disaster management centre said only 3 bodies of the missing have been recovered yet, and 66 houses were destroyed.
However when our news team contacted Badulla District Secretary Rohana Keerthi Dissanayake said the exact number of missing persons in the tragedy could not be announced as yet because many children had gone to school while some adults had gone for work at the time of the tragedy.
Meanwhile issuing a statement the Government Information Department requests the public to provide any information on vulnerable children among those who are affected, to the National Child Protection Authority on 1929.