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Air Force relief operations continue for the fifth day

Air Force relief operations continue for the fifth day

[May 31 2017]

Since the beginning of the flooding, Sri Lanka Air Force have been continuously dispatching its air assets to conduct Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations, states Air Force media.

During the past 24 hours, SLAF's Bell 212, Bell 412 and MI 17 helicopters have transported more than 39,266 cooked meals packs, 5206 kgs of dry rations, 4037 water bottles, medical items and other supplies to relief centers in Bulathsinhala, Bellana, Baddegama and Rathnapura areas covering 52 flying sorties with more than 24 hours of total flying . Y-12 aircraft has also been used for reconnaissance missions to identify and locate stranded victims and also assess aid requirements in Rathnapura, Galle, and Kalutara districts.

Since the flooding, SLAF has also been conducting airlifts, rescue and evacuation missions to support ongoing disaster relief operations. SLAF had also delivered essential relief items to isolated groups, which face difficulties in reaching relief centers.


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