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

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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.

The Police put the death toll from the landslide at 10. According to the Badulla Government Agent, nearly 300 persons are missing while bodies are been discovered from the rubble so far. Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Army has warned, that public gathering in the affected area is risky, due to the continued threat of landslides.

The relief items distributed by Red Cross has reached over 500 people benefiting for basic needs such as hygiene utilities, bedsheets, sleeping mats etc.

Around 10 volunteers from Badulla branch and Ratnapura in the operation. As of now over 40 people have been assisted in First Aid from the support provided by the Red Cross.

The Director General of Sri Lanka Red Cross Tissa Abeywickrama said “since mornings hours of today (30th Oct 14) Red Cross volunteers & staff were promptly mobilised at the landslide hit Meeriyabeddawatta, Koslanda joind together with Govt Authorities are supporting affected people with first aid, relief items such as sleeping mats, bedsheets, sarongs, tarpaulin etc.”

He further said that on the guidance of the Disaster Management Ministry the Red Cross continuous support to affected people in Koslanda and Punagala displaced camps. More relief has been sent from Colombo last night.

The Red Cross is now part of the Disaster Management Centre Operations Unit and are coordinating relief efforts in collaboration with the Disaster Management Ministry, Government Agents and other authorities on the ground.

Meanwhile the Disaster Management Centre in coordination with the Meterological Department continue to warns of more rainy conditions in the next 24 hours. This has triggered several landslide warnings by the National Building Research Organization (NBRO) specially in the Central and Uva Provinces.

Public is alerted to be cautioned about these warnings and to take preemptive measures.