Naval teams step up rescue and relief efforts in flood affected
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
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).