Update: Salawa army base fire under control: Army Commander

Update: Salawa army base fire under control: Army Commander

Update: Salawa army base fire under control: Army Commander

Written by Staff Writer

06 Jun, 2016 | 8:45 am

Army Commander Lieutenant General Krishantha de Silva says that the fire that erupted at the Saalwa army base in Kosgama has been brought under control.

The Commander stated that he was able to go into the army base and hold inspections. He reiterated that the first priority of the armed forces personnel was to minimise damage to public property and loss of life.

He added that mobile inspections are still underway to locate any public in need of assistance.

Director General of Health Services, Dr. Palitha Maheepala, says that the total number of those injured in the aftermath of the fire that broke out at the Kosgama Army Camp stands at 47, with 37 of those with minor injuries.

Earlier we have confirmed report of one fatality from the blast. The body has been brought to the Homagama hospital.

Dr Maheepala earlier said that the Avissawella, Homagama, Padukka, Gampaha and Wathupitiwala Hospitals have been mobilised to receive casualties, while the National Hospital and the Colombo South Teaching Hospital have been placed on standby.

The Army Spokesperson also said ammunition are still exploding at the Salawa army camp as residual heat makes its way through the armoury at the camp.

Army Spokesperson Brigadier Jayanth Jayaweera says that people who are living more than a kilometre away from the Salawa army camp could return to their homes.

Meanwhile, Minister of Disaster Management Anura Priyadarsshana Yapa says that several camps have been set up and that they hope to provide food and water to those who have been evacuated.

The minister noted that he has received reports,that residents could be allowed to return to their homes later Monday and that he has issued instructions to assist the evacuees to return.

The SL Army, issuing a release on Monday morning, provided two numbers that they can be contacted on, in cases where shrapnel can be found in the vicinity.

The numbers are 011 381 86 09 and 011 2 434 251 

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