President and Prime Minister inspect landslide affected areas

20160517_01p3President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today inspected areas seriously affected by landslides.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament that efforts are being taken to assist those affected by the major landslides.

Meanwhile the army said that sniffer-dogs and rappelling teams of Army Commandos, Engineer and Medical Corps troops, heavy machinery, additional equipment, together with a contingent of more than 281 troops of Commandos are at the landslide-affected Siripura, Elangapitiya, Pallebage villages in Aranayake and are involved in search, rescue and relief operations.

Those operations commenced during the wee hours on Wednesday (18) are continuing with the support of villagers, other volunteer teams and hospital staff who have by now brought more than six ambulances to the affected area to evacuate the wounded to hospitals. The area remains under a pall of thick mist with rainy clouds, diminishing visibility and physical movements.

Meanwhile, in Bulathkohupitiya more than 53 Sri Lanka National Guard troops under the command of Brigadier P.J Gamage, General Officer Commanding, 14 Division are involved in the rescue operations. (Colombo Gazette)

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