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Meeriyapethai drowned in tears in memory of people gobbled by the earth

Meeriyapethai drowned in tears in memory of people gobbled by the earth

One year had passed from the day, which sunk the all the hill country into great grief, when 37 of the inhabitants were buried in an earth slip.

The kith and kin of the people killed, assembled at the site of the tragedy, lighted commemorative  oil lamps  and cried their heart out to pay their respects to the dead.

 The landslide occurred in the tea estate around 7.45 a.m. and destroyed a strip of land about one kilometre wide where about 150 families of plantation workers were living. Seven “lines”—long buildings divided into 20 small living quarters or “line rooms”—were flattened. A Hindu temple and two milk collecting centres were also engulfed.

Torrential rain was the immediate reason for landslide. At the time of the landslide, most children had left for school and some adults had gone to work. Otherwise several hundred more people would have perished. When the children returned from school, they found that their homes no longer existed and their relatives were missing or dead.

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