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A man helps another make his way through deep mud at the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla October 30, 2014. Hopes of finding survivors under the mud and rubble of a landslide in south-central Sri Lanka had run out by first light on Thursday, though a government minister cut the estimated death toll to more than 100 from 300 the previous night. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)

A man helps another make his way through deep mud at the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla October 30, 2014. Hopes of finding survivors under the mud and rubble of a landslide in south-central Sri Lanka had run out by first light on Thursday, though a government minister cut the estimated death toll to more than 100 from 300 the previous night. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)




A man searches at the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla October 30, 2014. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)

A man searches at the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla October 30, 2014. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)




A man carrying a suitcase crosses a muddy slope at the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla, October 30, 2014. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)

A man carrying a suitcase crosses a muddy slope at the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla, October 30, 2014. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)




A man stands on a destroyed tree at the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla October 30, 2014. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)

A man stands on a destroyed tree at the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla October 30, 2014. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)




A man shines a torch as dusk falls at the site of a mudslide at the Koslanda tea plantation in Badulla district, about 220 kilometers (140 miles) east of Colombo, Wednesday, October 29, 2014. The mudslide triggered by monsoon rains buried scores of workers' houses at the tea plantation, killing at least 10 people and leaving more than 250 missing, an official said. (Photo by Eranga Jayawardena/AP Photo)

A man shines a torch as dusk falls at the site of a mudslide at the Koslanda tea plantation in Badulla district, about 220 kilometers (140 miles) east of Colombo, Wednesday, October 29, 2014. The mudslide triggered by monsoon rains buried scores of workers' houses at the tea plantation, killing at least 10 people and leaving more than 250 missing, an official said. (Photo by Eranga Jayawardena/AP Photo)




Members of a military rescue team conduct a search at the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla October 30, 2014. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)

Members of a military rescue team conduct a search at the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla October 30, 2014. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)




A group of men stand above the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla October 30, 2014. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)

A group of men stand above the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla October 30, 2014. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)




Members of a military rescue team conduct a search at the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla October 30, 2014. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)

Members of a military rescue team conduct a search at the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla October 30, 2014. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)




Rescue workers use a bulldozer to push a rock past a destroyed building at the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla October 30, 2014. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)

Rescue workers use a bulldozer to push a rock past a destroyed building at the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla October 30, 2014. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)




Villagers gather at the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla October 30, 2014. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)

Villagers gather at the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla October 30, 2014. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)




Rescue team members conduct a search at the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla October 30, 2014. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)

Rescue team members conduct a search at the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla October 30, 2014. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)




Members of a military rescue team stand near stacks of shovels and hoes at the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla October 30, 2014. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)

Members of a military rescue team stand near stacks of shovels and hoes at the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla October 30, 2014. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)




Members of a military rescue team watch as heavy equipment is used to clear debris at the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla October 30, 2014. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)

Members of a military rescue team watch as heavy equipment is used to clear debris at the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla October 30, 2014. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)




Members of a rescue team conduct a search at the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla October 30, 2014. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)

Members of a rescue team conduct a search at the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla October 30, 2014. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)




Rescue workers conduct a search at the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla October 30, 2014. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)

Rescue workers conduct a search at the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla October 30, 2014. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)




A member of a military rescue team pauses during search operations at the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla October 30, 2014. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)

A member of a military rescue team pauses during search operations at the site of a landslide at the Koslanda tea plantation near Haldummulla October 30, 2014. (Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)




Sri Lankans stand at the site of a mudslide at the Koslanda tea plantation in Badulla district, about 220 kilometers (140 miles) east of Colombo, Wednesday, October 29, 2014. (Photo by Eranga Jayawardena/AP Photo)

Sri Lankans stand at the site of a mudslide at the Koslanda tea plantation in Badulla district, about 220 kilometers (140 miles) east of Colombo, Wednesday, October 29, 2014. (Photo by Eranga Jayawardena/AP Photo)




A crowd gathers to watch rescue operation at the site of a mudslide at the Koslanda tea plantation in Badulla district, about 220 kilometers (140 miles) east of Colombo, Wednesday, October 29, 2014. (Photo by Eranga Jayawardena/AP Photo)

A crowd gathers to watch rescue operation at the site of a mudslide at the Koslanda tea plantation in Badulla district, about 220 kilometers (140 miles) east of Colombo, Wednesday, October 29, 2014. (Photo by Eranga Jayawardena/AP Photo)




A Sri Lankan man stands on an uprooted tree at the site of a mudslide at the Koslanda tea plantation in Badulla district, about 220 kilometers (140 miles) east of Colombo, Wednesday, October 29, 2014. (Photo by Eranga Jayawardena/AP Photo)

A Sri Lankan man stands on an uprooted tree at the site of a mudslide at the Koslanda tea plantation in Badulla district, about 220 kilometers (140 miles) east of Colombo, Wednesday, October 29, 2014. (Photo by Eranga Jayawardena/AP Photo)




Sri Lankan men stand by their damaged house caused by mudslide at the Koslanda tea plantation in Badulla district, about 220 kilometers (140 miles) east of Colombo, Wednesday, October 29, 2014. (Photo by Eranga Jayawardena/AP Photo)

Sri Lankan men stand by their damaged house caused by mudslide at the Koslanda tea plantation in Badulla district, about 220 kilometers (140 miles) east of Colombo, Wednesday, October 29, 2014. (Photo by Eranga Jayawardena/AP Photo)




A Sri Lankan landslide affected woman cries speaking on a mobile telephone as she hurries towards safety at Meeriyabedda, Haldummulla in Badulla 218 kms towards the interior from Colombo, Sri Lanka, 29 October 2014. At least 14 people were killed in a landslide in central Sri Lanka and a search operation was launched for some 250 villagers reported missing, an official said and the army, air force and police are involved in the search operation. (Photo by M. A. Pushpa Kumara/EPA)

A Sri Lankan landslide affected woman cries speaking on a mobile telephone as she hurries towards safety at Meeriyabedda, Haldummulla in Badulla 218 kms towards the interior from Colombo, Sri Lanka, 29 October 2014. At least 14 people were killed in a landslide in central Sri Lanka and a search operation was launched for some 250 villagers reported missing, an official said and the army, air force and police are involved in the search operation. (Photo by M. A. Pushpa Kumara/EPA)




Landslide affected Sri Lankans evacuating the area with their families and belongings at Meeriyabedda, Haldummulla in Badulla 218 kms towards the interior from Colombo, Sri Lanka, 29 October 2014. (Photo by M. A. Pushpa Kumara/EPA)

Landslide affected Sri Lankans evacuating the area with their families and belongings at Meeriyabedda, Haldummulla in Badulla 218 kms towards the interior from Colombo, Sri Lanka, 29 October 2014. (Photo by M. A. Pushpa Kumara/EPA)
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