Oct 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy's relief teams, under the directives of the Office of CDS and on information released by the Disaster Management Centre, have been deployed to provide assistance to the distressed people following the inclement weather in Southern and Western provinces in the island.
The Navy Media Unit said ten naval relief teams with seven dinghies and two Emergency Rescue Boats have been deployed in affected areas.
Naval personnel attached to the Marine Battalion and Rapid Response Rescue & Release Squadron (4RS) and also teams of Special Boat Squadron and Navy divers have already commenced relief work to restore the lives of affected people in respective areas.
Four relief teams are currently engaged in relief efforts in Neluwa, Thawalama, Imaduwa and Hininduma areas in Galle district and six Disaster Response teams have been deployed in Mathugama, Walallavita, and Bulathsinhala in Kalutara district and Wattala in Colombo district to rescue people affected by floods and to assist them with basic needs. Further, Navy has distributed 625 lunch packets for displaced community in Imaduwa area.
A Naval relief team removed the debris collected at the Baddegama, Agaliya Bridge making the area in danger of flooding due to clogged water downstream and made the free down flow of the river.
As at now, Sri Lanka navy relief teams have assisted 236 persons and the Navy continues its service ahead amidst the adverse weather conditions.