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Weather improving while relief teams are still operational

Weather improving while relief teams are still operational

[May 29 2018]

While there is marked improvement in the weather conditions in most parts of the country, tri forces troops are continuing to operate rescue and relief teams in flood and landslide affected areas. Even though heavy rains have subsided over the past two days from three digit to two digit measurement levels, many areas are still inundated with receding flood water.

Sri Lanka Navy rescue and relief teams are still busy assisting people distressed by the floods. According to the situation report issued by the Disaster Management Centre on Monday (28) more than 174,000 people in 20 districts have been affected by the floods caused by the onset of the Southwestern monsoon since the 20th (May).

Sadly the natural calamity had claimed at least 24 lives due to drowning, lightning and wind related incidents.

Meanwhile, Navy divers deployed for flood rescue operations recovered the body of a missing Policeman on Saturday (26). Constable Dilan Sampath went missing on Friday (25) while attempting to save three people from being swept away by flood waters in Galmuruwa, Madampe.

About 50 Navy boats are in operation in flood affected areas in Kalutura, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Galle, Matara, Gampaha, Puttalam, Kurunegala and Colombo districts. More than 600 tri forces personnel are still involved in flood rescue and relief duties.

A Navy mobile kitchen is also in operation at the Sabaragamu grounds in Ratnapura to provide cooked meals for the displaced flood victims.

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