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Home Affairs Minister Wajira Abeywardhane requests all people who are living in low-lying areas near the rivers to evacuate immediately as there is a threat of the rivers over-flowing.


Tri forces personnel have been deployed to rescue the people who are stranded due to the floods, the Minister Wajira Abeywardhane said. The minister requested the fishermen to hand over their boats and ferries to the nearest police station or the security forces to be used in the rescue operations. Addressing media this morning at his ministry, the minister said that it has been decided to cancel the leave of all public servants due to the disaster situation, but it will not apply to those who have been affected.  All the field officers have been deployed for relief service, he added. Meanwhile, the Public Management Assistant Examination have also been postponed, said the minister. The flood situation due to heavy rains this year is worse than 2003.

Several access roads have become inundated disrupting the rescue boat operations in the Galle District, said District Secretary S.T. Kodikara said this morning at a special Disaster Management meeting. The access roads to Neluwa, Thawalama, and Udugama areas are submerged in water and the helicopters have to be used to rescue the people in those areas, he added.

Currently, water levels in Neluwa and Thawalama area over 25 feet and residents in the low-lying areas around ‘Ging Ganga’ (Yakkalamulla, Baddegama, and Udugama) are advised to be on alert as water will flow to these areas during the next few hours, said the District Director of Irrigation Deepika Witharana. Meanwhile, the Galle Disaster Management Unit said that it has become difficult to get the information of victimized people due to the breakdown of electricity and telephone lines. The relief operations are being carried out by Tri-Force while the Navy has launched a special boat service. Chief Minister of Southern Province Shan Wijeyalal De Silva, Minister Chandima Weerakkodi, and MP Bandulal Bandarigoda were also present.


Last Updated on Monday, 29 May 2017 08:53  
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