Combined relief effort after Meetotamulla disaster
Sri Lanka army troops are involved in rescue and
relief efforts in the aftermath of the disaster at the garbage dump at
Meetotamulla which occurred on Friday (14th April). A section of the
Meetotamulla garbage mountain dump collapsed last afternoon destroying
a many of houses and injuring people. According to army media sources a
contingent of troops under the 14 Division of the Security Force
Headquarters - West (SFHQ-West) is involved in the relief operations.
In addition a Sri Lanka Air force helicopter has been
utilized to control minor fire incident which broke out after the
incident while Special task Force personnel together with the Disaster
Management Centre are also involved in rescue and relief efforts.
A number of houses have been completely destroyed in
the incident while many houses have been partly damaged. Power supply to
the area was cut off as a precautionary measure and troops are braving
the obstacles to evacuate and provide relief to the affected victims.
Military Spokesman Brigadier Roshan Senevirathne
requests area residents and relatives of the local inhabitants to
provide information (of the victims/affected) to officials at the
special information centre established at the Meetotamulla Sri Rahula