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Disaster relief operations continue

Disaster relief operations continue

[October 10 2018]

The cyclonic storm 'TITLI' in the Bay of Bengal, which has resulted in the adverse weather conditions over the island is likely to intensify further and move North-westwards towards Andhra Pradesh coast of India, states the latest weather forecast of the Met Department issued at noon, today (10 October).

Torrential rains over the past week has caused floods, strong winds and landslides in several parts of the country. With the rains continuing to lash out, Sri Lanka Army and Navy relief teams continue to respond to emergency situations in affected areas.

The Sri Lanka Navy has deployed 14 relief teams, 11 dinghies and 2 emergency rescue boats in the Mathugama, Walallavita and Bulathsinhala areas in the Kalutara District, Neluwa, Nagoda, Thawalama, Hininduma, Avithawa and Wakwella in the Galle District, Katupotha and Akuressa in the Matara District and in Wattala area of the Colombo District.

Navy personnel were also seen removing logs and flood debris that had clogged the Avithawa Bridge in Galle in the Southern Province. The excessive flow of debris which had clogged the bridge restricting the downstream flow of the flood water was posing a threat to the nearby areas. The Navy relief team's timely action had averted a possible flooding of the nearby low lying areas.

Meanwhile Army personnel involved in relief duties took immediate steps to avoid a split in the Kolamune Oya bund in Bingiriya Divisional Secretariat area, on Sunday (07). Troops stacked sandbags in the affected areas as a preventive measure.

Army and Navy relief teams are involved in evacuating people to safe locations, providing cooked food, water and other requirements of the flood victims, taking preventive measures against breeching of tank bunds, clearing blocked bridges and roads and providing other disaster relief services.

According to the Disaster Management Centre, as of Tuesday (09) over 71,000 people have been affected by the adverse weather conditions. Unfortunately, nine deaths have been reported from Kalutara, Ratnapura, Kegalle and Galle Districts. Seventeen people have sustained injuries and more than 2000 houses damaged due to bad weather related incidents.

According to the weather forecast, the prevailing showery condition in the Southwestern part of the island is expected to slow down from tomorrow.

Showers or thundershowers are also expected to occur at times in the Western, Central, Southern and Sabaragamuwa Provinces.

Heavy showers can be expected at some places in the Southern and Uva Provinces and in the Kalutara and Ratnapura Districts while winds up to 50 kmph can be expected over the Western, Southern, Central and Sabaragamuwa Provinces.

The Met Department also requests the general public to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.

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