New findings at Koslanda – families remain in shelters as more warnings are issued

New findings at Koslanda – families remain in shelters as more warnings are issued

New findings at Koslanda – families remain in shelters as more warnings are issued

Written by News 1st

03 Nov, 2014 | 10:56 am

More items including a three-wheeler were discovered from the site of the landslide that recently hit Meeriyabedda, Koslanda, following search operations that were carried out in the area on Sunday.

Sector Commander (Central) Major General Mano Perera stated that a body was also discovered in Sunday’s search operations. He noted that search operations will be continued until there is confirmed information of details pertaining to those who are missing.

Major General Mano Perera further stated that search operations were disrupted owing to bad weather conditions. He however stated that search operations for those who have gone missing, will be carried out today as well.

Meanwhile, Assistant Director of the Disaster Management Centre of the Badulla district R.L.M Udaya Kumara stated that over 3,800 persons in the Badulla district have been affected by the threats posed by landslides and incessant rains.

He noted that 2,346 persons belonging to 535 families in Nuwara Eliya are presently being housed in 21 shelters. Meanwhile, Minister of Disaster Management, Mahinda Amaraweera stated that relief efforts are expediently being provided for those who have been displaced.

Senior geologists point out that receiving rainfall of over 100 millimetres has a strong impact on the activation of landslides.

Vice Chancellor of the Peradeniya University, Professor of Geology Athula Senaratne stated that the general public must be vigilant about this situation. Meanwhile, Professor Kapila Dahanayake of the University of Peradeniya noted that public awareness programmes on the threat of landslides must be carried out in both Sinhala and Tamil languages.

The landslide warning issued for seven districts continues to remain in effect. The National Building Research Organisation states that the districts of Kegalle, Badulla Nuwara Eliya Kandy, and Matale have been issued with landslide warnings.

Senior Geologist of the NBRO Dr. Gamini Jayatissa stated that this warning will be effective until 5.30 p.m. on Monday. He advised the general public to immediately inform the NBRO of any areas which show signs of being prone to landslides on the Hotline No. 0112 588-946.

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