Navy supports flood relief activities
[October 09 2018]
The Navy has deployed 10 relief teams with 07 dinghies
and 02 emergency rescue boats for relief operations. Naval personnel of
the Marine Battalion, Rapid Response Rescue & Release Squadron (4RS),
Special Boat Squadron and Navy divers are presently involved in relief
Accordingly, four (04) teams are engaged in relief
efforts in Neluwa, Thawalama, Imaduwa and Hininduma areas in the Galle
District while 06 disaster response teams have been deployed in
Mathugama, Walallavita and Bulathsinhala areas in the Kalutara District
and in Wattala in the Colombo District. Cooked food is also provided to
the flood victims by the Navy.
Meanwhile, a group of Navy personnel were deployed to
clear the flood debris that had clogged the Baddegama, Agaliya bridge.
Braving the gushing flood water, the sailors were able to clear the
block and ensure the free flow of water.
The Disaster Management Centre states that more than
48,900 people have been affected due inclement weather related
incidents. So far 9 deaths have reported while one person is unaccounted
for and 19 people have been injured. More than 5,800 people have been
evacuated to safer locations. Increased water levels in several
reservoirs have caused spill gates to be opened.
The Met Department has predicted more rain in several
districts and has also requested people to take precautionary measures
to protect from lightning related incidents