Eight dead, hundreds missing in Sri Lankan landslide

300 missing after landslide in Sri Lanka
300 missing after landslide in Sri Lanka

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  • Eight dead, hundreds missing in Sri Lanka landslide, Lankapuvath news agency reports
  • The landslide struck a village in south-central Badulla District Wednesday morning
  • Rescue efforts had to be suspended due to poor weather, news agency says
At least eight people are dead and hundreds may be trapped after a landslide ripped through a village in Sri Lanka Wednesday, the state-run Lankapuvath news agency reported.
The landslide hit the south-central Badulla District Wednesday morning, destroying at least 140 homes, said Pradeep Kodippili with Sri Lanka's Disaster Management Center.
Between 300 and 500 people may be misisng, Lankapuvath reported.
The rescue operation involving police, the military and disaster management officials had to be suspended for the day due to poor weather, Lankapuvath reported, citing the agency head Mahinda Amaraweera.