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* Floods in Jaffna send 1700 to safe places
Sun, Nov 12, 2017, 08:45 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 12, Colombo: The Disaster Management Center (DMC) of Sri Lanka says that its District Disaster Management Center in Jaffna has reported that in the past few days Jaffna experienced over 500 mm rainfall adversely affecting the people in some parts of the peninsula.

Water levels In Araly and other areas near lagoons have risen above the walls and more than 1,700 persons have been temporarily removed from their homes, the Deputy Director of Disaster Management Center Pradeep Kodippili told BBC Sinhala Service.

"Under these circumstances, the Jaffna unit of the DMC, the three armed forces, and all other relevant agencies are jointly taking all necessary steps on the action needed in the future," Deputy Director Pradeep Kodippili said.

"Emergency Operations Unit has taken steps to keep all the units of the DMC ready. Three armed forces and the police have been stationed. In addition, the disaster management unit with special items in the Vavuniya district, which was started in 2014, is in operation right now," the official said pointing out the readiness to face any emergency.

"These items are ready at the Poonewa Army Camp and we can face an emergency."

However, the Jaffna district unit has reported a reduction in the rainy weather in the Northern Province yesterday (Nov 11) morning and today (12), said the Deputy Director of DMC.

"However, the district unit states that if there is any more rainy weather, there will be potential for water to submerge a few places."

Under such a situation the DMC is ready to provide relief informing the National relief Center and if necessary through the Ministry of Disaster Management, the official said.

According to the Disaster Management Center Deputy Director Pradeep Kodippili, the bad weather has particularly affected the Jaffna district in the Northern Province. Although there is no serious situation yet, everything is ready to face an emergency, he said.

 

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