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180 stranded students rescued from mountain in Sri Lanka

IANS | December 03, 2023 12:25 PM

COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan army and police have rescued about 180 university students who were stranded in the Hanthana mountain range during a hiking trip, authorities said on Sunday.

A spokesman for Kandy headquartered police station said the students are from Kelaniya University's Faculty of Medicine in Ragama, Western Province, reports Xinhua news agency.

The students started a hike on Saturday morning and got lost on their way back due to fog and rain, the spokesman said.

Hanthana, located in central highlands of Sri Lanka, is a popular hiking destination for university students.

Some students get lost each year due to sudden weather changes in the area, according to the spokesman.

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