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Sniffer dogs join search for Sri Lanka mudslide victims

Koslanda, Sri Lanka | AFP | Friday 10/31/2014 - 04:31 GMT

Sniffer dogs were brought in Friday to join the search for bodies at a tea plantation in Sri Lanka, two days after a major mudslide buried alive scores of people.

After the operation was suspended on Thursday afternoon because of fresh rains, searching resumed at daybreak with a team of sniffer dogs joining hundreds of troops already at the site of the tragedy in the picturesque Koslanda region, around 200 kilometres (125 miles) east of Colombo.

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Rains hamper Sri Lanka mudslide tragedy search effort

10/30/2014 - 20:36 GMT

by Ishara KODIKARA

by Ishara KODIKARA

Heavy rains disrupted a massive search Thursday for scores of people feared buried in a landslide on a Sri Lankan tea estate, further dimming prospects of finding anyone alive.

An estimated 100 people are still listed as missing, according to the national Disaster Management Centre (DMC), a day after dozens of tin-roofed homes were buried under tonnes of mud, with only a handful of bodies recovered so far.

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Red Cross scales up support to victims and survivors of Koslanda landslide

30/10/2014 – Koslanda, Sri Lanka : Sri Lanka Red Cross Society’s Badulla branch had immediately mobilized first aid teams to the landslide location in Koslanda in the Badulla District. As of this morning (30th October 2014) Non Food Relief Items were distributed to over 200 families located at the Tamil Maha Vidyalaya in Koslanda, the location of the camp housing survivors.

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Ten Schools within Bandarawsela Education Zone closed until Nov.3

Ten schools within the Bandarawela Education Zone will be kept closed until Monday (Nov.3) following the adverse weather conditions. Bandarawela Zonal Director Ariyadasa Ratnayake said that among the schools are those which are sheltering the displaced families.

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NBTO issues landslide warnings to several districts

The National Building Research Organization (NBRO) has issued landslide warnings to the Mawanella, Aranayake, Deraniyagala, Yatiyantota, Dehiowita and Bulathkohupitiya areas in Kegalle as well as for a number of roads in Kegalle, Badulla and Kandy districts.

NBRO has also issued landslide warnings to all divisional secretariat areas in the Kandy district , for Balangoda and Imbulpe District Secretariat Divisions in the Ratnapura District and for Ella, Passara, Uva Paranagama, Haputale, Haldumulla and Hali Ela areas in the Badulla District. (KH)

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Over 75 percent of reconstruction activities completed in Aluthgama

Speaking at the press briefing held today (29th October) Commander Security Forces Headquarters-West Major General U. A. B Medawela said that over 75 per cent of reconstruction activities of damaged houses and commercial buildings at Beruwala-Aluthgama areas have been completed at an expense of 67 million rupees.

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ECHO Daily Flash of 29 October 2014

Sri Lanka - Landslide (Media)

-Heavy rains affected parts of Sri Lanka in the last few days. According to media (as of early 29 October), a landslide hit the area of Haldummulla (Badulla, central Sri Lanka) early on 29 October, killing at least three people. At least 150 people are still missing. Rescue operations are on-going.

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Five years after war, Sri Lanka refugees reluctant to leave India-survey

NEW DELHI, Oct 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly 70 percent of refugees who fled to India during Sri Lanka's civil war prefer to stay rather than return, even though the conflict in their homeland has ended, according to a survey by a university in Mumbai.

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Landslide in Haldummulla destroys a row of line houses

A row of line houses in Meeriyabedda, Haldummulla in Badulla District have been destroyed by a landslide which occurred early this morning. Rscue operations are being carried out by the Police, Army and the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) with the help of the people.

According to DMC sources at least 120 line houses have been destroyed and members of more than 150 families totalling about 500 who were living in that area are believed to be trapped.

A Bell 212 rescue helicopter to has been deployed in the rescue operations.

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Soldiers in desperate search for Sri Lanka landslide victims

10/29/2014 - 11:50 GMT

by Ishara KODIKARA

Sri Lankan soldiers stepped up their search Thursday for 100 people feared buried alive in a landslide at a tea plantation, but there was little hope of finding any survivors.

Hundreds of troops using heavy diggers clawed through tonnes of mud that buried scores of tin-roofed homes at the picturesque plantation in the island's centre on Wednesday.

"Rains are slowing down our work," the region's top military officer, Major General Mano Perera, told reporters as he directed search operations.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 22–28 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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The Market Monitor - Trends and impacts of staple food prices in vulnerable countries, Issue 25 - October 2014

Global Highlights

  • During the third quarter of 2014, the global cereal price index decreased by 13% year-on-year, down by 11% compared to the previous quarter.

  • Real prices of maize have fallen by almost a third since last year. They are down 18% from Q2-2014, reaching levels seen in early 2010.

  • Real prices of wheat dropped by 18% from Q2 to Q3-2014, falling to mid-2010 levels.

  • Real prices of rice are up 7% since Q2-2014.

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Navy deployed on flood relief duties in Galle and Puttalam districts

In response to the floods affecting several areas in the Galle and Puttalam districts due to prevailing adverse weather condition, Sri Lanka Navy has deployed naval personnel on flood relief duties to render assistance to the people affected.

Three Naval teams with inflatable rescue boats (IRBs) are continuing their rescue assistance in liaison with respective Government officials in the Galle and Puttalam districts. The Navy is monitoring the flood situation and additional rescue teams are stand-by in the Southern and Western Naval Areas for emergency deployments.(SLN/KH)