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Massive Landslide Buries Three Villages In Sri Lanka

At least 16 people are dead and more than 200 families are missing.

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"Now the question is, where are they? Still, authorities are doing their best to locate them and try to ascertain as to what has happened," the spokesperson said.

"However, from what I am hearing from our teams on the ground, the picture is grim."

So far 180 people have been rescued by Red Cross workers and are being housed, fed, and treated for injuries in a local temple.

More than 300 soldiers have been deployed to search for survivors but heavy fog and electricity outages are complicating rescue efforts, the Associated Press reported.

ALERT - First look at the #landslide in #Aranayake. Rescue teams reaching village. Over 200 families missing #lka

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