Sri Lankan troops search for 100 missing after landslides

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ARANAYAKA, Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan troops were digging through tons of mud Thursday to search for more than 100 people reported missing after landslides buried two villages, claiming at least 24 lives. The government vowed to dig “as long as it takes” but hopes were fading of finding survivors in the landslides that hit a mountainous area late Tuesday after days of heavy rains that triggered flooding. However, Disaster Management Minister Anura Yapa said nobody had been pulled alive from the landslides since soon after they struck the villages in the tea-growing district of Kegalle, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) northeast of Colombo. He said about 100 people have since been reported missing, although local police said they have received information of 134 missing from one village alone. More bodies were recovered on Thursday from one of the destroyed villages, taking the total number killed so far in the landslides to 24.

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