Three people were confirmed dead while several more were reported missing due to a landslide that occurred at Wedamulla Estate in Kotmale on September 25 (Friday). When contacted Assistant Director at the Disaster Management Center, Pradeep Kodippili confirmed the deaths and said that one injured person had been rescued and hospitalized.
At least three others remained missing at the time this edition went to press. Search operations were being conducted to locate the missing.
Kodippili stated about four line rooms at the estate had sustained severe damage due to the landslide. A team of officials from the National Building Research Organization (NBRO) was due to arrive later in the evening to ascertain whether there was a further threat of landslides in the area and to determine if people should be evacuated from surrounding areas.