Saturday, 27 December 2014

At least six dead following landslide in Badulla District, Sri Lanka.

At least six people are known to have died following a landslide at Rilpola in the Badulla District of Uva Province of Sri Lanka on Friday 26 December 2014, which destroyed five houses. Another four people are missing following the event and rescuers have revealed that at least one of the bodies recovered belonged to a child. The incident happened following several days of heavy rains, which has led to flooding across much of Sri Lanka, with at least seventeen reported dead, fifteen missing and twelve severely injured, and over a quarter of a million affected by flooding.

The approximate location of the 26 December 2014 Badulla Landslide. Google Maps.

Badulla is located in the interior of Sri Lanka, and is generally considered to have an equitable climate. However in December it is affected by the northeastern Monsoon, brining the highest annual rainfall towards the end of the month. 

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