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Troops on standby to meet inclement weather related emergencies

Troops on standby to meet inclement weather related emergencies

[September 08 2017]

 

Sri Lanka Army troops are on standby to face any emergency situations caused by the inclement weather experienced in many parts of the country. According to Army media, the measure has been taken on a directive by the Army Commander, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake.

Troops under Security Force Headquarters - West (SFHQ-West) have been mobilized to areas in Kegalle, Rathnapura, Galle, Matara, Kaluthara, Kukuleganga, Bulathsinhala, Agalawatta and Kuruwita which has seen increased water levels due to heavy rain fall in recent days. Six WMZ and boats have also been deployed to be used in emergency situations.

Tri forces troops were in the forefront of the rescue and relief operations during the floods and landslides which caused heavy damages to life and property in May this year. Hundreds of Army, Navy and Air Force personnel braving severe weather conditions assisted thousands of flood victims who were displaced in many parts of the country to safety. The Southwest monsoonal rains caused widespread damages in 15 Districts. In addition to rescue operations, troops also provided cooked meals, water and sanitary facilities for the affected people. Post disaster measures saw troops, clear roads and bridges, clean waterways and wells enabling the return of people to their homes.

Meanwhile the Met Department forecasts have indicated the continuance of rain over the island. Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Northwestern Provinces. Heavy rain falls (about 100-150 mm) are expected at some places, particularly in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central Provinces and in Galle and Matara Districts. Rains are also expected in the Uva Province and in Ampara and Batticaloa Districts.

Emergency situations can be informed to the Disaster Management Centre on its hotline- 117

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