Death toll from collapse of garbage dump rises to 17

The death toll from the Meethotamulla incident rose to 17 this afternoon with 13 receiving treatment in hospital.

The Army meanwhile said that troops of the Sri Lanka Light Infantry, Commandos, Gemunu Watch and Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment are currently carrying out relief operations at the location.

On a Presidential directive, hundreds of tri service personnel, Policemen, Special Task Force (STF) personnel are currently engaged in relief operations after evacuating the victims as well as their valuables from affected houses in close coordination with the workforce of the Disaster Management Centre (DMC).

Senior officers of the tri services, Police and the STF are at the scene.

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