From the Church of Ceylon with additional reporting by ACNS
In what has been called the biggest natural disaster after the 2004 tsunami, around 200 people have died and hundreds more have been displaced in a massive landslide.
The deadly mudslide hit the Meeriyabedda tea plantation in Koslanda, about 120 miles east of the capital Colombo, on Wednesday morning.
Rescuers have been searching for survivors since the incident happened, but officials already believe there is little chance to find anybody alive. It is thought the ground had been made unstable by recent heavy monsoon rains.
While military personnel are lead the rescue operation, Church of Ceylon clergy and lay people in the area as well as the Board of Social Responsibility of the Diocese are closely following the situation. They will co-ordinate the Church’s relief efforts once the situation permits. It is likely that the Church of Ceylon’s involvement will be in post-disaster rehabilitation with survivors and victims’ families.
The Ven. Perry Brohier, Archdeacon of Colombo said, “I call on our churches in the Colombo Diocese to remember the victims of this tragedy in your intercessory prayers at all services on Sunday 2nd November, and also those who are working to find the missing and provide relief and care to the injured and displaced.”