More than 100 dead in Sri Lanka landslide

Rescue workers in Sri Lanka have intensified their search for survivors of a landslide at a tea plantation in the centre of the country in which more than 100 people are feared buried.

Five excavators normally used to dig trenches joined the search effort at first light on Thursday, military sources told the AFP news agency.
Officials have already warned there is little chance of finding survivors.
It is not certain how many people are trapped in the debris.
The deadly mudslide hit the Meeriyabedda tea plantation near the town of Haldummulla, about 200km (120 miles) east of the capital Colombo, on Wednesday morning.

Hundreds of people are still thought to be trapped, as Jill McGivering reports

Ministers said 150 people were trapped in the debris. As many as 250 people are thought to have been buried alive.
However Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera told AFP after visiting the site on Wednesday that the total was closer to about 100 people.
Credit: BBC

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