Troops continue with flood relief operations throughout the weekend
[May 28 2018]
A group of 150 Army personnel rendered assistance to
secure the Uyilankulam tank bund in Thunukkai Divisional Secretariat in
Killinochchi after it was threatened with a major breach, on Sunday
(27). Troops who rushed to the location upon being informed of the
imminent threat took action to stack more than 2800 sand bags and avert
any breaching of the bund.
Troops, in coordination with relevant state agencies
undertook this challenging task as the tank was reaching spill level
following heavy rains in the area. More than 50 tractors were utilized
to collect and transport sand bags. A large number of civilians had also
assisted the troops in this endevour.
More than 500 families are reportedly living in the
In a similar operation in Ratnapura, troops stacked
sandbags and prevented a breach in the Elapatha tank bund after increase
in water levels had posed a threat to the tank bund.
Troops took emergency preventive measures on Saturday
(26) after a sudden rise in water levels posed a threat to the
inhabitants of the surrounding houses. The outflow through the sluice
gates alone couldn't manage the rise of water levels thus the troops had
to intervene and assist in taking preventive measures to protect the
lives and property of the civilians in the neighbourhood.
Meanwhile troops held a mobile medical clinic for
flood-affected civilians, housed at the Yatagampitiya Primary School in
The displaced people were provided transport
facilities by the troops to attend the medical clinic held at the Public
Health Inspector's Office (PHI) Paragoda West in the Bulathsinhala
In Mahawewa, troops were deployed to assist people to
pass the inundated areas of the main road, on Saturday. Troops helped
people being left stranded after flash floods had covered large parts of
the road making it impassable. Boats were used to transport the people
from the Mahawewa Junction to Thaniwella Devalaya in Madampe.
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