Meetotamulla relief operations continue
[April 18 2017]
With rescue and relief operations still underway at
the Meetotamulla garbage dump, state officials together with security
forces personnel have launched a preliminary assessment project to
assess the full extent of the damage and potential future threat
perceptions in the locations, states Army media sources. The initiative
has been taken following a Presidential directive.
Officials of the Disaster Management Centre (DMC),
Survey Department, Divisional Secretariat, Geology Faculty of the
University of Peradeniya, Department of Geological Research, National
Building Research Organization (NBRO) professionals from other state
agencies in coordination with the Colombo Municipal Commissioner are
carrying out this survey.
Authorities have taken steps to provide basic
amenities including water, sanitary facilities etc. for the displaced
people housed at the Terrence N. De Silva Maha Vidyalaya. Medical
facilities are also placed on standby to meet any emergency situations.
A special operational cell records and provides necessary information to
affected families and others with the support of Grama Seva officials
and local citizens. Nagahamulla, Dahampura, Neelgewatta and
Visithunewatta are among the worst affected localities. As a
precautionary measure authorities have recommended the relocation of
people in 130 houses surrounding the disaster zone.
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