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At least 10 died in mudslide

Sri Lanka has confirmed that at least 10 people died and 28 are still missing after a mudslide last week at a tea plantation.

The toll was given as officials began using voting and school records to count how many more people might be buried under the mud.

The Disaster Management Centre said 1,755 people remain in temporary shelters because their homes were destroyed or made unsafe by last Wednesday's disaster at the Koslanda plantation in Badulla district, about 140 miles east of Colombo.

Officials initially reported that more than 250 people were buried under the mud but later reduced the number drastically, creating confusion among the public.


From Belfast Telegraph