Families displaced by the Silindu-kanda landslide in Ratnapura, request NBRO for an in-depth investigation

Families displaced by the Silindu-kanda landslide in Ratnapura, request NBRO for an in-depth investigation

Families displaced by the Silindu-kanda landslide in Ratnapura, request NBRO for an in-depth investigation

Written by Pavani Hapuarachchi

22 May, 2020 | 8:35 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st): Families displaced due to landslides in Ratnapura, have requested the National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) to conduct an in-depth investigation regarding the landslide at Silindu-kanda, Ratnapura.

A landslide at Silindu-kanda, Ratnapura, which comes under the Ratnapura Divisional Secretariat occurred three days ago.

According to our correspondent, Silindu-kanda had slid for about 200 meters parallel to a canal.
The Ratnapura Divisional Secretariat took measures to evacuate 08 families that were at risk of the landslide to safer locations.

Some families took refuge at the Silindu-kanda Jayasumanaramaya Viharaya, while others stayed at their relatives’ places.

“Landslides occurred here two years ago as well. However, no action was taken then. They said that there was no risk, but we faced a landslide yet again,” said one area resident.

Another resident in the area said, “NBRO officers who inspected the area earlier told us that this is not a landslide high-risk zone. We were asked to evacuate only when it rains, and return during other times. We are not satisfied with the investigation.”

News 1st further inquired on the matter with the NBRO.

“A complete investigation will be conducted into the landslide location,” said Abheetha Wanasundara, Ratnapura District Officer of the NBRO.

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