Army troops provide relief for flood affected people

November 09, 2021

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) troops braving continuous downpour commenced evacuation, rescue and relief operations in worst-hit areas while providing humanitarian assistance to flood affected people during the inclement weather in the country.

Early this morning (Nov 9), 8 Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment troops evacuated 4 family members trapped inside a house after an earth mound struck their house in Rambukkana Dombemada due to torrential rains and were admitted to the Rambukkana hospital, the SLA said.

The SLA further added that the critically injured father of the family is under treatment at the hospital and seriously injured mother and two daughters of the family were pronounced dead on admission to the hospital.

The troops under the Security Force Headquarters - West (SFHQ-West) are busy cleaning the location and trying to recover their valuables for safe-keeping.

Meanwhile, troops of the 12 Sri Lanka Engineers (SLE) following landslide warning in Mahakalupahana mountain range, immediately evacuated 42 members of 11 families to the Wijesundararamaya temple premises today.

In the meantime, 1 Sri Lanka National Guard (SLNG) troops began rescuing more than 50 families from Polgahawela Godawela area and stationed them at safer places  convenient to them.

Troops of the 58 Division of the 1 Corps of the Army and 143 Brigade troops immediately have started to lay sandbags along vulnerable points around the Nedunkulam tank in Puttalam to strengthen its bund to avoid any threat, the Army sources confirmed.

According to the SLA sources, 612 Brigade Commander is currently supervising those evacuating operations and troops have been deployed to provide security to the property and valuables of people.

Troops are on standby in threatening areas to meet with any worsening weather conditions, the Army confirmed.