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Naval teams step up rescue and relief efforts in flood affected areas

Naval teams step up rescue and relief efforts in flood affected areas

[May 30 2017]

With the unprecedented floods caused by the activation of the South-West monsoon affecting 15 Districts of the country, slowly receding tri forces personnel are continuing with their rescue and relief operations, working round the clock braving severe weather conditions.

Sri Lanka Navy has stepped up its relief operations since Friday (26th May) in flood affected areas in the Southern and Western Provinces. Navy media sources state that Navy by today (30th May) has deployed over 113 relief, search and rescue teams comprising of 935 naval personnel along with 113 relief boats. Of these 56 rescue teams are deployed in the Southern Province while the rest (57) have been stationed in the Western Province to assist flood victims there.

Accordingly, Naval rescue teams are deployed in Neluwa, Imaduwa, Wanduramba, Udugama, Elpitiya, Ambalangoda, Bope Poddala and Yakkalamulla of Galle District, Henekaduwa and Ranna in the Hambantota District, Kamburupitiya, Morawaka, Akuressa, Pitibeddara and Deiyandara in the Matara District. Naval teams are also deployed in Bulathsinghala, Paragoda, Baduraliya, Galketiya, Ilukpothana, Mathugama, Pelena and Welipenna in the Kalutara District as well.

Naval personnel are also engaged in flood relief activities at Wellampitiya, Nawagamuwa, Hanwella, Awissawella, Padukka, Ambatale, Kelaniya, Angoda and Kaduwela in the Colombo District, town area, Divisional Secretariats of Kalawana, Nivithigala, Eheliyagoda, Elapatha, Samandevalaya, Maragaha Junction, Ayagama, Thalduwa, Kiriella of Rathnapura District and Biyagama in the Gampaha District.

So far, Naval personnel have rescued a total of 9262 persons and later transferred them to safe locations. In addition they have also distributed 149,372 food rations among the affected people. Naval medical personnel have provided basic treatment for more than a hundred people in need of medication.

Meanwhile naval personnel have cleared the debris clogging the Pitabeddara bridge in the Matara District. Naval personnel of the Special Boat Squadron and Marine Battalion along with Navy divers have managed to clear the huge amount of debris washed down by the raging waters of the Nilwala river and allow the free flow of the receding flood waters. The Wakwella bridge has also been cleared of debris by Navy personnel.

According to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC), as the current flood levels showing signs of receding in highly affected areas around 557,505 people belonging to 151,392 families have been affected in 15 Districts. So far 180 fatalities are reported while 109 persons have sustained injuries. 640 houses have been fully damaged and 5,329 houses have been partially damaged.

Meanwhile the Indian medical teams that arrived onboard INS 'Shardul' conducted a medical camp for flood victims at Diyakaduwa Temple in Bulathsinhala on Monday (29the May).


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