SRI LANKA: AHRC calls for assistance for families affected by massive landslide in Haldummulla 

(Hong Kong, October 29, 2014) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is shocked and saddened by a tragic landslide, which, according to reports, has caused the disappearance of more than 300 residents in the mountainous area of Meeriyabedda, Haldummulla, Badulla District, in the early hours of 29th October 2014.

The AHRC extends its solidarity to those affected by this natural disaster and also to those engaged in the rescue and assistance operations.  It is reported that at least 120 line houses have been destroyed and that more than 150 families living in the area have been severely affected by the massive landslide.

Recent weeks saw heavy rainfall in the area and, as a result, one side of a mountain appears to have collapsed, affecting a 100-acre area, and burying an entire row of line houses.

The people living in the area are mostly tea-estate workers.

The AHRC urges the Government of Sri Lanka to provide all the services needed to try and rescue the persons still missing and to assist the affected families in every possible way.

Humanitarian agencies working in Sri Lanka are requested to assist the families affected by the landslide. The AHRC also urges all foreign missions in Sri Lanka to extend the support of their respective nations for the rescue and rehabilitation of those affected.

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Document Type : Press Release
Document ID : AHRC-PRL-022-2014
Countries : Sri Lanka,
Issues : Poverty & adequate standard of living, Right to food, Right to health, Right to life,