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After Days of Rain, Deadly Mudslide Strikes Sri Lanka

A deadly mudslide struck central Sri Lanka on Wednesday after days of rain soaked the nation. More downpours threaten to hinder rescue and recovery operations.

A total of 120 workers' homes at the Meeriabedda tea plantation in Sri Lanka's Badulla district were wiped out when the mudslide occurred at 7:30 a.m., local time, reported the Associated Press.

At least 10 people are dead with more than 250 others still missing.

The site of the mudslide is 218 kilometers (135 miles) east of Sri Lanka's capital of Colombo.

"Badulla has recorded daily amounts of 23 mm (0.90 of an inch) or more of rain on eight out of the last 10 days," stated Meteorologist Adam Douty.

Such rain would have easily saturated the soil and put the region at risk for flash flooding and mudslides.

An end to the wet pattern will not come any time soon, much to the dismay of rescue and recovery crews.

"This is a fairly wet time of the year for Sri Lanka as monsoon moisture has shifted south from India," added Douty.

"Daily rain and thunderstorms will continue into next week with localized rain totals of 25 to 50 mm (1 to 2 inches).

Concern is high for additional mudslides.

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