Lankapage Logo CP 18 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Update: Death toll in garbage dump collapse in Sri Lankan capital rises to 19
Sat, Apr 15, 2017, 08:54 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 15, Colombo: The death toll in the collapse of a section of the mountainous landfill in a suburb of Sri Lanka's capital Colombo has risen to 19 by Saturday afternoon, and is expected to rise as an unknown number of people are still missing, according to government officials.

Among the dead are five children. Another seven injured in the incident are receiving treatment at the Colombo national Hospital.

The 300-foot high garbage dump in Meethotamulla soaked by the previous night collapsed Friday afternoon after it caught fire burying an estimated 40 homes.

Emergency officials told the BBC that up to 20 people may remain buried in their houses, with the Sri Lankan army now coordinating the recovery.

Officials said the heavy rains overnight caused the garbage mountain to shift and the heap became further destabilized after a fire broke out, triggering a landslide that buried the homes.

On a Presidential directive, hundreds of tri service personnel, Policemen, Special Task Force (STF) personnel are currently engaged in relief operations after evacuating the victims as well as their valuables from affected houses in close coordination with the workforce of the Disaster Management Centre (DMC).

The tri-forces, police together with Disaster Management officials are continuing to provide relief to the people affected by the disaster.

The government has firmly requested the public not to visit the site for viewing as it would hinder the relief efforts and further harass the distressed residents affected by the incident.


ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories ::
Sri Lankan President says people need to identify politicians who only think of power not the country
-- [7 hours ago]
Sri Lankan President congratulates President Putin on his election
-- [7 hours ago]
UNHRC adopts Sri Lanka's UPR report
-- [8 hours ago]
SLFP General Secretary personally opposes JO's no-confidence motion against PM
-- [9 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Finance Minister hopes to promote business climate with new tax system
U.S. terminates anti-dumping investigations on rubber products from Sri Lanka
Malaysian police rescue two Sri Lankan engineers duped into forced labor
Sri Lanka's delegation to the 37th Session of the UNHRC include three ministers
Arrest warrants issued against MPs Wimal Weerawansa & Jayantha Samaraweera
No UNP MP will support the no-confidence motion against PM - MP

Copyright © 2000, 2016 by (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.