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,
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.