Sedawatta residents battle the dangers of oil-mixed waters

Sedawatta residents battle the dangers of oil-mixed waters

Sedawatta residents battle the dangers of oil-mixed waters

Written by Tharushan Fernando

29 May, 2016 | 7:47 pm

Residents of Sedawatte who were affected by the flooding are facing fresh danger as a result of crude oil mixing with the flood waters surrounding their homes.

Layers of black oil could be seen around 60 homes on Thudugala Mawatha and B.J. perera Mawatha in Sedawatte.

Residents claim that oil from a pipeline leading to three storage tanks owned by the Petroleum Corporation, located above the Rajjurupitiya Canal, has mixed with the floodwater.

While the floodwaters have receded, the deposits of oil have remained, making these homes uninhabitable.

Residents are currently taking shelter on the railway line adjacent to Sedawatte.

Area residents point out that there is also a risk that the oil could contaminate the waters of the Kelani River, and as such, it is imperative that authorities take immediate action.

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