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200 families feared buried in Sri Lanka mudslides

The Sri Lankan Red Cross has said around 200 families are feared buried by rain-triggered mudslides in three villages.

Thirty-five people are confirmed to have died after two landslides, which have forced 196,000 to flee their homes near the town of Aranayaka, 100km northeast of the capital, Colombo.

Rescue searches are continuing, after more than 350 people were brought to safety early this morning.

The Red Cross has set up a welfare camp for survivors.

Trevor Bayliss 'set to be appointed' new England coach

Trevor Bayliss has reportedly leapfrogged front-runner Jason Gillespie and is set to be appointed England's new coach if he accepts the offer.

Bayliss guided Sri Lanka to the 2011 World Cup final. Credit: PA

The consensus has been that the England and Wales Cricket Board would recruit Yorkshire's county championship-winning coach - and former Australia fast bowler - Gillespie in time for this summer's Ashes.

But instead, according to a report on the Daily Telegraph website on Monday, new ECB director of cricket Andrew Strauss has chosen another Australian.

The 52-year-old Bayliss is less well-known than his compatriot but has a fine coaching pedigree having led New South Wales to two Sheffield Shield titles, helped Sri Lanka to the 2011 World Cup final and won the Indian Premier League with Kolkata Knight Riders.

He is also a former colleague of current England caretaker coach Paul Farbrace, when they were both with Sri Lanka.

There has been no comment as yet from the ECB.

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