Army may scale down operations in Meethotamulla

The Army says it may scale down its operations in Meethotamulla following a week-long search and rescue.

Army spokesman Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne told the Colombo Gazette the Army is considering reducing the number of troops involved in the operations in Meethotamulla.

However he said the machinery used for the search and rescue operations will remain in Meethotamulla for the moment.

The Army deployed a large contingent to Meethotamulla following the garbage dump landslide in which 32 people have been confirmed killed so far.

Meanwhile, the Urban Development Authority is to handover 98 new houses to the owners of 98 houses destroyed in the Meethotamulla tragedy.

A monthly allowance of Rs. 50,000 is also to be provided to the families to be relocated from Meethotamulla for thee months. (Colombo Gazette)