Disaster relief operations continue
[October 10 2018]
The cyclonic storm 'TITLI' in the Bay of Bengal, which
has resulted in the adverse weather conditions over the island is likely
to intensify further and move North-westwards towards Andhra Pradesh
coast of India, states the latest weather forecast of the Met Department
issued at noon, today (10 October).
Torrential rains over the past week has caused floods,
strong winds and landslides in several parts of the country. With the
rains continuing to lash out, Sri Lanka Army and Navy relief teams
continue to respond to emergency situations in affected areas.
The Sri Lanka Navy has deployed 14 relief teams, 11
dinghies and 2 emergency rescue boats in the Mathugama, Walallavita and
Bulathsinhala areas in the Kalutara District, Neluwa, Nagoda, Thawalama,
Hininduma, Avithawa and Wakwella in the Galle District, Katupotha and
Akuressa in the Matara District and in Wattala area of the Colombo
Navy personnel were also seen removing logs and flood
debris that had clogged the Avithawa Bridge in Galle in the Southern
Province. The excessive flow of debris which had clogged the bridge
restricting the downstream flow of the flood water was posing a threat
to the nearby areas. The Navy relief team's timely action had averted a
possible flooding of the nearby low lying areas.
Meanwhile Army personnel involved in relief duties
took immediate steps to avoid a split in the Kolamune Oya bund in
Bingiriya Divisional Secretariat area, on Sunday (07). Troops stacked
sandbags in the affected areas as a preventive measure.
Army and Navy relief teams are involved in evacuating
people to safe locations, providing cooked food, water and other
requirements of the flood victims, taking preventive measures against
breeching of tank bunds, clearing blocked bridges and roads and
providing other disaster relief services.
According to the Disaster Management Centre, as of
Tuesday (09) over 71,000 people have been affected by the adverse
weather conditions. Unfortunately, nine deaths have been reported from
Kalutara, Ratnapura, Kegalle and Galle Districts. Seventeen people have
sustained injuries and more than 2000 houses damaged due to bad weather
According to the weather forecast, the prevailing
showery condition in the Southwestern part of the island is expected to
slow down from tomorrow.
Showers or thundershowers are also expected to occur
at times in the Western, Central, Southern and Sabaragamuwa Provinces.
Heavy showers can be expected at some places in the
Southern and Uva Provinces and in the Kalutara and Ratnapura Districts
while winds up to 50 kmph can be expected over the Western, Southern,
Central and Sabaragamuwa Provinces.
The Met Department also requests the general public to
take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning