May 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has advised the three armed forces to be on alert to provide necessary relief as possibility of major floods is looming with torrential downpours lashing across the island.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe held a special discussion at Temple Trees Monday to take immediate action to provide relief to people affected by floods and disaster situations.
At the discussion, the Director General of the Disaster Management Center Dr. S.S. Amalanadan explained the current situation, while Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Home Affairs A.A.N. Silva explained the measures taken by the relevant officials to provide relief to the affected public.
The Prime Minister while instructing to keep the three armed forces on alert as a major flood situation can arise, requested the people's representatives of Provincial Councils and Pradeshiya Sabhas to take the lead in disaster relief work cooperating with Government Agents and Divisional Secretaries.
The Ministry of Home Affairs reported to the Prime Minister that the Government Agents have enough funds available for disaster relief.
The Premier instructed the officers in charge of relevant departments to work with maximum efficiency in providing relief to affected people.
Prime Minister Wickramasinghe also spoke by phone with the Minister of Disaster Management Duminda Dissanayake and the Defense Secretary about the disaster situation.
Irrigation Department has issued flood warnings as major rivers are nearing flood level and the National Building Research Organization (NBRO) has issued landslide warnings covering seven districts. People living in lowlands near the rivers and landslide prone areas have been warned requesting to be vigilant and be ready to evacuate if the situation worsened.