Relief operations still underway at Meetotamulla
[April 16 2017]
Troops are still involved in the relief operations in
Meetotamulla garbage dump. A section of the garbage dump collapsed on
Friday (14th April) causing damage to a large number of houses.
More than one thousand security forces personnel and
heavy machinery of the security forces are involved the clearing
Relief operations are carried out under the
supervision of Security Forces Commander (West) Major General Sudantha
Ranasinghe. He has requested the local people to provide more
information about the houses in the locality in order to assist the
relief operations to be more effective.
From Friday evening up to now 10 excavator machines of
the Army Engineers and a large number of dump trucks are involved in the
According to Major General Ranasinghe about 180 meter
long and 75 meter wide section of the Meetotamulla garbage dump had
collapsed on to an area where according to Government records, 145
houses were located. The disaster has completely destroyed more than 40
houses while the rest of the houses have been partly damaged. The area
is being sectioned in to three zones and relief operations are carried
out. Troops were able to rescue for people and recover 19 bodies, he
Rescue personnel are faced with the problem of finding
the exact number of houses in the affected area. Some parts of the site
are buried in 30 to 40 feet of garbage. People are requested to provide
information of houses where their relatives and friends have lived in
order to expedite the relief operations.
In the event of any further collapse of the garbage
dump, people living in vulnerable parts along the garbage dump may
temporarily be evacuated in order to prevent another disaster. Meanwhile
troops will continue with the relief operations.
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