Extreme Weather: More than 100 dead whilst rescue operations still underway

Extreme Weather: More than 100 dead whilst rescue operations still underway

Extreme Weather: More than 100 dead whilst rescue operations still underway

Written by Tharushan Fernando

25 May, 2016 | 10:57 am

According to the Disaster Management Center, the recent floods and landslides in the country have left 101 people dead.

The Deputy Director at the DMC , Pradeep Kodippilli stated that around 100 persons are also missing.

119,683 persons attached to 25,827 families who were displaced had been provided with shelter in 256 safer locations.

Pradeep Kodippilli added that while 4688 houses have been partially damaged, a total number of 531 houses have been completely damaged as a result of the inclement weather.

The Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health has said that there is a risk of the spread of rat fever in areas that have been affected by floods.

Its Director; specialist doctor Paba Palihawadana said that the general public should be aware of this situation. Accordingly, the doctor also made a request from the general public to refrain from wading into flood waters.

Rescue operations and relief efforts have been taking place across the Island in aid of those affected by the recent flood and landslide conditions.

The Sri Lanka Air Force has commenced a special operation in areas that have been affected by floods and landslides. Air Force media spokesman Group Captain Chandima Alwis said that they will carry out their operations with the use of helicopters.

The spokesman went on to state that the Air Force is ready to provide helicopters in any emergency situation, when the need arises.

The Navy said that up to 75 wells have been cleaned up in areas that were affected by flood waters. Navy media spokesperson captain Akram Alewi said that they deployed a team of 100 Navy personnel for this purpose.

He went on to state that 7 waterways in close proximity to the Kelani river as well as a large number of drains had been cleaned up by the Navy as well.

The Department of Civil Defence states that purification of areas subsequent to the floods will take place today as well.Media spokesperson Major General Vajira Kumaratunge stated that 1700 personnel have been allocated for the task.

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