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More than a thousand tri forces personnel involved in Meetotamulla relief operations

More than a thousand tri forces personnel involved in Meetotamulla relief operations

[April 17 2017]

Rescue and relief operations after the Meetotamulla garbage dump incident are continuing for the third day today. More than a thousand Army, Navy, Air Force, Special Task Force, Police and Disaster Management Centre personnel are involved in the effort to find possible survivors. A large chunk of the Meetotamulla garbage dump collapsed on Friday burying houses in the surrounding area.

According to Military Spokesman Brigadier Roshan Senevirathne more than 1050 security forces personnel are involved in the relief operations while 15 earth moving machines and 15 dump trucks are also used in the clearing work. Special Task Force and Police personnel have ensured the security of the affected zone.

By today (17th Monday, April) rescue personnel have recovered bodies of 27 victims. A census and estimation on the affected houses is to be carried out by state officials headed by the Divisional Secretary with assistance from security forces personnel. Meanwhile security forces personnel will continue with the relief operations, Military Spokesman further said.

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