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A man whose relatives went missing after Tuesday's landslide, speaks on his mobile phone in front of a destroyed house in Elangapitiya village in Aranayaka, some 72 kilometers (45 miles) north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, May 19, 2016. Heavy rains Thursday continued to pound the central Sri Lankan region where at least three villages have been covered by mountains of mud forcing army soldiers and police to suspend rescue work. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

(Bloomberg) – Rescuers confirmed that 132 villagers are feared buried by landslides this week in central Sri Lanka, according to Mahieash Johney, a spokesman for the Red Cross.

Authorities, who are continuing the search, have also raised the island-wide death toll to 63 as a depression that engulfed the island earlier this week turned into a cyclonic storm.

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