May 24, Colombo: With more rains predicted worsening the disaster situation in the country, Sri Lanka security forces continue to provide rescue and relief to the thousands of people affected by the floods and landslides.
Army troops of the 14 Division quickly responding to an emergency need this afternoon rushed to Kaduwela Kelani river bridge area, which has been affected by flooding and the bridge is in danger of sinking due to the soil erosion by flood waters.
The Army troops with Road Development Authority (RDA) officials and workers started repairing and readjusting the parallel old bridge since sideways of the bridge in use are faced with soil erosion and possible earth slips.
Troops assisted erecting a detour road using metal structures so that the vehicles that pass the threatened area could continue their passage unhindered. Troops are still busy assisting the RDA workforce.
On the instructions of the Commander of the Army, the Army troops distributed relief meal parcels, inclusive of rations, water bottles, dry rations, sanitary items and other daily needs to the victims in Iranawila, Uddappuwa, Pathawewa and Walahapitiya during brief programs, held at respective villages in Puttalam District on Thursday (24).
In the meantime, Army troops attending rescue operations at Rasnayake Divisional Secretariat area, where several line houses are damaged, facilitated them for relocation at community centre in the village and provided some refreshments, dry rations and sleeping bags for children.
More than 500 members of the Army, together with the members of the other state agencies are currently engaged in flood relief emergencies in worst-affected Galle, Kalutara, Matara, Ratnapura, Kurunegala, Kandy, Baddulla, Nuwaraeliya, Kegalle, Colombo, Monaragala, Pollonnaruwa, Gampaha and Puttalam Districts.
Another contingent of about 5000 Army personnel, if needed are on standby in flood-hit areas in close contact with the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) and respective District and Divisional Secretariats to face any emergencies.
The Sri Lanka Navy also stepped-up flood relief operations, carried out by 43 teams along with the same number of dinghies, in affected areas in the Southern and Western, Sabaragamuwa and Northwestern provinces of the island.
Navy dinghies provided transport facilities in flood ridden areas of Ayagama, Ratnapura while a team of naval personnel attached to the Rapid Response Rescue and Relief Unit (4RU) conducted a boat service in the area for the benefit of marooned people. Another naval relief team deployed in Naththandiya area saved two persons in a van stranded by flood water on Naththandiya - Negombo road today (24 May 2018).
Meanwhile, Navy has put on its relief teams standby to meet any kind of eventuality in a bid to assist distressed public, the Navy Media Unit said.