Sri Lankan residents stand outside a damaged building at the site of a landslide caused by heavy monsoon rains in Koslanda village in central Sri Lanka today. A landslide warning had been in operation since last night in Badulla and adjoining hill town of Nuwara Eliya, which is frequented by tourists.
Decenas de casas sepultadas por deslizamientos de tierra mortal a lo largo de 3 kilómetros que enterró más de 140 casas en Sri Lanka el miércoles tras días de fuertes lluvias. Las esperanzas se desvanecían aunque más de 300 figuran como desaparecidos .... NBC News Top Stories | miércoles 29 oct
Descartan sobrevivientes tras alud en Sri Lanka
Se estimó en 100 personas el número de sepultados, aunque otras fuentes elevan la cifra hasta a 250, reportó la agencia nacional de noticias de Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, 30 de octubre 2014 .- El gobierno de Sri Lanka descartó que haya sobrevivientes del alud que la víspera sepultó cientos de casas, pero reconoció que aún carece del número preciso de víctimas.
El ministro de Gestión de Desastres, Mahinda Amaraweera, recorrió este jueves la zona de desastre en la ciudad de Haldumulá, a 190 kilómetros de la capital, Colombo, y descartó la posibilidad de sobrevivientes.
Estimó en 100 personas el número de sepultados, aunque otras fuentes elevan la cifra hasta a 250, reportó la agencia nacional de noticias de Sri Lanka (Lankapuvath).
La avalancha fue originada por las lluvias monzónicas. Los afectados son en su mayoría tamiles, descendientes de trabajadores llevados desde el sur de India bajo la gestión colonial británica para laborar en plantaciones de té, caucho y café.
A man shines a torch as dusk falls at the site of a mudslide at the Koslanda tea plantation in Badulla district, about 220 kilometers (140 miles) east of Colombo, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. The mudslide triggered by monsoon rains buried scores of workers' houses at the tea plantation, killing at least 10 people and leaving more than 250 missing, an official said. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
A Sri Lankan navigates his way though mud and sludge caused by a mudslide at the Koslanda tea plantation in Badulla district, about 220 kilometers (140 miles) east of Colombo, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera estimated the number of dead in Wednesday's disaster at the plantation would be fewer than 100, although villagers said the figure could easily exceed 20
Rescue Unlikely for 190 Missing in Sri Lankan Landslide
By Anusha Ondaatjie Oct 30, 2014
Sri Lankan rescue crews said prospects were fading for finding survivors of yesterday’s landslide with about 190 people still missing, which would make it the nation’s worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami that killed more than 30,000.
“Finding survivors is very unlikely because of the weather conditions,” said General Mano Perera, who is leading the rescue operation. “The condition of the soil also would have resulted in no air pockets being created.”
About 700 military personnel built a temporary access road to the site and were digging through 30 feet (10 meters) of mud beneath which people were believed buried, he said. The tragedy occurred on a tea estate in the central Badulla district, about 220 kilometers (137 miles) from the capital Colombo.
The island’s Disaster Management Center today revised the number of dead to three from yesterday’s announcement of six. Its missing list was cut to about 190 from 300 after children who had left for school before the disaster were later accounted for. There aren’t any foreigners among the missing, said Sarath Kumara, an assistant director at the DMC.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited the area this morning and instructed officials “to take immediate and optimum necessary action to search and rescue the people and immediately provide all facilities required by the victims,” according to his website. Neighbor India also offered assistance today, the Press Trust of India reported.
Television pictures showed mud sliding down slopes as diggers plowed through the 5-kilometer stretch engulfed by the landslide at around 7:30 a.m. yesterday. Survivors wailed and shook their fists at the sky and twisted corrugated metal roofing sheets lay among the debris.
The retreating monsoon brings rain to parts of Sri Lanka between October and December. A landslide warning has been in place since late Oct. 28 in Badulla and the adjoining hill town of Nuwara Eliya, which is frequented by tourists.
More than 800 evacuees were being housed in two schools in the area, Pradeep Kodippili, deputy director at the DMC, said today.
The tea industry contributes about 2 percent to Sri Lanka’s gross domestic product and most of it is grown in the central highlands
With the arrival of Southwest monsoon, the southern region of Sri Lanka received heavy rainfall with high winds within a short period of time in early June 2014. Kalutara district alone received 378mm of rainfall within six hours on 4 Jun, causing a massive landslide in the area. The floods and landslides caused 27 deaths and a total of 104,476 people (25,538 families) were affected in eleven out of the country's 25 districts. Over 1,300 houses were damaged and 288 houses were destroyed by floods, landslides and high winds. Since the southwest monsoon brings in water only to the southern and western region of the country, the the Northern, Eastern and North-central regions continue to experience drought conditions and suffer from food insecurity, water scarcity and loss of livelihoods. (OCHA, 29 Aug 2014)