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.