Kumar Sangakkara took to Twitter to express his disappointement © AFP
Kumar Sangakkara took to Twitter to express his disappointement © AFP

Oct 30, 2014

Sri Lanka‘s veteran cricketer Kumar Sangakkara on Thursday expressed his sorrow on the landslide in Koslanda in Sri Lanka. More than 100 people are believed to have been killed on Wednesday as it buried scores of houses, and the toll is likely to rise, reports said.

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa Thursday visited landslide-affected residents in the country’s central region where rescuers are working hard to search for nearly 200 people who are still missing. No new bodies have been found despite excavations carried out at the landslide site, Xinhua reported.



Rajapaksa, who paid a hurried visit to the area, met with army personnel and government officials leading relief operations. He also visited relief camps where relatives, including about 75 children who lived in the Meeriabedda Estate are now housed after the landslide swept away their parents.

However, he did not tour the actual landslide area where teams of soldiers are hacking away at thousands of cubic feet of mud in a massive search for bodies, preferring to view the area from his helicopter.

“The president will discuss this situation at the cabinet meeting tonight with the aim of providing relief measures,” said the President’s Office following the observation tour.