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Flood relief work in full swing

Flood relief work in full swing

[May 26 2018]

Sri Lanka Army rescue and relief teams operating in flood affected areas are still busy providing most needed services to thousands of people in many parts of the island.

About 20 districts in the country has experienced flooding and earthslips in the wake of the Southwestern monsoon. So far, wide spread flooding, eartslips and lightning has claimed about 16 lives with one person reported missing.

Rescue and relief operations are in full swing with security forces personnel taking the lead in assisting state agencies to meet emergency situations.

Hundreds of security forces personnel are providing rescue and relief services to flood victims across the island including Kegalle, Kalutara, Polonnaruwa, Kandy, Galle, Ratnapura, Gampaha, Puttalam, Matara, Kurunegala, Badulla and Colombo districts.

In addition the Army has kept on standby 1200 troops belonging to 24 regiments to meet emergency situations that may arise if the rainy weather continues to worsen in the coming hours.

Relief teams are also assisting in the distribution of cooked meals, evacuation of victims, attending to emergency repair work to public utility

services, road clearing, flood mitigation and prevention work in worst hit areas.

Meanwhile, Army troops were rushed to clear a blockade near the Ambathale Water pumping station, yesterday.

On Thursday afternoon (24) a team of Army personnel were diployed to Kaduwela Kelani river bridge area, affected due to torrential rains to put up a detour arrangement.

On the same day another team of Army troops were busy stacking sand bags to fortify the bund of the Kelani river close to Pahuru Oya in Malwana. The measure was taken after flood water had begun to breach the bund.

Troops in the central hills assisted a group

of people in Nawalapitiya to reach safer locations. Those people were evacuated after their localities were faced with landslides. Residents of Kithulkotei, Jayasundaragama and Labuvalikotuwa areas were taken to be housed

at the Central College in Nawalapitiya, Jayasundarama Islamic Cultural Center and at the Mosque in Labuvelkotuwa.

Families living in Solankanda area were also assisted to move into safe alternative locations.

Troops operating in the Northwestern region supported the distribution of food packs, water bottles, dry rations, sanitary items and other essentials to flood victims in Iranawila, Uddappuwa, Pathawewa and Walahapitiya after brief programmes were held at respective villages in Puttalam District on Thursday (24).

Presently over 500 Army personnel are engaged in flood relief work in worst affected areas.

Another contingent of about 5000 Army personnel are on standby in close contact with the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) and respective District and Divisional Secretariats to face any emergencies.


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