Colombo, Dec 3


he 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.

180 stranded students rescued from mountain in Sri Lanka

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