May 26, Colombo: Flooding and landslides fueled by the torrential rains over the past three days have killed 91 in Sri Lanka, while the tri forces launched a massive operation to search and rescue another 110 missing in the havoc.
According to the Disaster Management Center as of Friday evening, 40 people in Western Province and 48 people in Central Province have been killed in earth slips and landslides.
A landslide in Bulathsinhala area of Kalutara district in Western Province has killed 31 people and 7 have died in an earth slip in Palindanuwara. Another 46 people lost lives in landslides and cutting failures at multiple locations in Ratnapura district.
The tri forces in close coordination with the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) and District Secretariats in areas affected by floods and landslides have launched a massive rescue & relief operation for flood victims.
Nearly 300 Army troops and 13 rescue teams of Navy along with reconnaissance teams of the Air Force are currently engaged in immediate rescue and relief work in flood-affected Weeraketiya, Neluwa, Morawaka, Deiyandara, Padukka, Bulathsinhala, Kalawana, Wellampitiya, Palindanuwara and Beliatta areas.
Due to the heavy rain water levels of rivers Kalu, Kelani ,Gin, Nilwala and Attanagalu Oya at several locations are rising later causing flooding in low lying areas.
Tri forces and Police are conducting Search and Rescue and Evacuation operations in affected areas, the DMC said.
The Army rushed six BTR troop carriers with five officers and 80 soldiers on board to Bulathsinhala area after reports confirmed those hilly areas are very much prone to possible landslides or earth slips.
Meanwhile, the Navy stepped-up flood relief operations in affected areas in the Southern and Western provinces of the island, giving support to sister services and civilians.
The Navy has deployed 31 relief, search and rescue teams comprising 197 naval personnel along with 31 relief boats in Kamburupitiya, Neluwa, Imaduwa, Wanduramba, Pitabeddara, Akuressa, Mathara, Deiyandara, Henakaduwa, Hungama, Padukka, Hanwella, Mathugama, Puwakpitiya, Bulathsinhala, Baduraliya, Kalawana, Udugama and Pitigala areas.
Sri Lanka Air Force after keeping four helicopters on standby has deployed one helicopter for reconnaissance duties in Neluwa area as at present.
According to latest report from DMC 61,315 people belonging to 16,759 families were affected in thirteen Districts.