People living in high-risk zones around Meethotamulla asked to evacuate

People living in high-risk zones around Meethotamulla asked to evacuate

People living in high-risk zones around Meethotamulla asked to evacuate

Written by Lahiru Fernando

20 Apr, 2017 | 2:55 pm

People living in high-risk zones around the Meethotamulla garbage dump have been asked to evacuate by the Kolonnawa divisional secretary.

According to DS Sisira Kumara, there is a possibility of another collapse following a rainfall. Kumara stated that the warnings have been issued verbally and in writing.

“We have advised the residents to move out in order to protect their lives, The could go to a friend’s house, relative’s house or get a house on rent. If they do not have a place to go to, then they can come to the welfare camp set up at the Terrance College in Kolonnawa. ..” Sisira Kumara added.

Relief items from Japan

Emergency relief items for victims of Meethotamulla tragedy have been handed over by Japanese ambassador to Sri lanka Kenichi Suganuma and Chief representative of JICA Sri lanka, F. Tanaka.

The relief items were accepted by Minister of Disaster Management Anura Priyadarshana Yapa.

The relief items donated by Japan include;

  • Tents
  • Sleeping pads
  • Generators
  • Mobile toilets

A release by the Japanese embassy notes that a Japanese team of experts will be in the country from the 20th to the 26th of April. The team will investigate the garbage dump site and seek future co-operation in the field of solid waste management.

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