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Army troops clear blocked roads

Army troops clear blocked roads

[May 31 2017]

The torrential rains unleashed by the South-West monsoon had caused widespread flooding affecting the lives of people in 15 Districts. Ratnapura is one the most affected regions with many reported landslides and flooding incidents. Relief efforts were hampered due to roads being blocked by earth slips, falling boulders and trees across roads. Many roads have been inundated by flood water making travel impossible. Relief teams are facing immense hardship in reaching isolated and distant locations.

According to Army media sources, troops are engaged in clearing the Kalawana - Agalawatta - Ratnapura road, Ayagama - Gawaragiri road Athweltota on Kalawana - Agalawatta - Ratnapura main road using Army earth moving machinery. Troops of the Sri Lanka Engineers (SLE) involved in road clearing activities have cleared most roads which were blocked by earth slips, falling trees and boulders and have made them motorable.

According to Military Spokesman Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne, most roads have been cleared and are now open for use. At present seven medical teams are working in Kalutara, Pahiyangala and Bulathsinhala areas to serve the medical needs of the flood victims there.


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