Lankapage Logo CP 18 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka Police probe the collapse of the garbage dump while rescue efforts continue
Sun, Apr 16, 2017, 09:14 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police say it is probing whether the collapse of the Meethotamulla garbage dump on Friday was a natural calamity or an act of sabotage.

A 10-member team of geologists of the Peradeniya Univesrity has been summoned to the place of the disaster, the police headquarters said. Officials of mining and excavation divisions as well as a group of judicial medical officials have also been called for investigation.

A section of the mountainous landfill in Meethotamulla collapsed on Friday burying over 40 homes. The death toll from the disaster has risen to 19 by Saturday afternoon, and is expected to rise as an unknown number of people are still missing,

The Police Headquarters further said that entrance routes to the area have been blocked to those who visit the area to watch the tragedy as it has created obstruction for the provision of medical and relief services.

The three armed forces personnel and police have jointly conducted relief operations throughout Saturday to rescue those affected by the disaster.

Minister of Law and Order Sagala Ratnayake engaged in an observation tour on Saturday in Meethotamulla and conducted discussions with the Army Commander and senior officials of the police including the IGP on further measures to be taken.

Police Media Spokesman DIG Priyantha Jayakody said that the Sri Lanka Army, the Police and the Special Task Force (STF) are engaged in operations to remove the layers of soil and debris.

He said there is a threat of re-collapse, therefore, the area has been declared as a danger zone. People have been gone from the threatened areas. He also said that those who came to rob the victims have been arrested.

 


ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories ::
Rice at wholesale prices from Sathosa outlets
-- [28 minutes ago]
President inaugurates Grama Shakthi poverty alleviation program
-- [36 minutes ago]
Court orders prison authorities to submit a report on absence of former Navy Spokesperson Commodore D.K.P. Dassanayake in court
-- [1 hour and 10 minutes ago]
Sri Lanka Railway unions suspend strike scheduled to begin midnight today
-- [2 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Navy hands over 6 more detained fishing trawlers back to India
-- [2 hours ago]
President warns of attempts to mislead people on a new constitution
-- [3 hours ago]
Sri Lanka to launch a three-year comprehensive economic program targeting $ 5 bn FDI, $ 5,000 per capita income
-- [3 hours ago]
Sri Lanka police arrest Buddhist monk wanted for attack on Rohingya refugees
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lanka's Port City to draw first investment of USD 1 bn in mid-2018
Sri Lanka to sign an economic cooperation agreement with South Korea during President's visit

Copyright © 2000, 2016 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.