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Sri Lanka mudslide survivors saw warning signs, sniffer dogs help in search of victims

by AFP
Sri Lankan military personnel stand with sniffer dogs during a search operation at the site of a landslide caused by heavy monsoon rains in Koslanda village in central Sri Lanka on Friday. After the operation was suspended on October 30 because of fresh rains, searching resumed at daybreak with a team of sniffer dogs joining hundreds of troops already at the site of the tragedy in the picturesque Koslanda region, around 200 kilometres (125 miles) east of Colombo. Although officials have estimated that around 100 people lost their lives on the Meeriyabedda plantation, only a handful of bodies has been dug out from the mud that wiped out scores of homes. Photo - AFP
Survivors recount how drinking water streams turned muddy, cracks appeared in the ground and cattle and goats started running down the mountain slope just before tragedy struck

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