One dead, one missing following inclement weather

One person has been reported dead and another person is missing following inclement weather in parts of the country today, the Disaster Management Centre said.

Deputy Director and Media Spokesperson at the Disaster Management Centre Pradeep Kodippili said that one person had died after being swept away by flood waters in Kegalle this morning (Saturday).

Meanwhile, a 65 year-old person has been reported missing following an earth slip in in Kegalle.

He said that landslide alerts have been issued for several areas including Kegalle, Ratnapura, Colombo, Kalutara, Galle and Matara.

Pradeep Kodippili said that the assistance of the military and Police will be obtained in search and rescue operations.

Meanwhile, the Navy said that in preparation for hazards and disasters likely to take place as a result of the inclement weather in the island it has sent out its relief teams to pre identified hazard prone areas today (16th May 2020).

Accordingly, action has been taken to dispatch Navy relief and rescue teams to Thawalama, Udugama and Nagoda areas in the Southern Province and Rathnapura in the Sabaragamuwa Province. These teams consist of naval personnel from the Rapid Response Rescue and Relief Unit (4RU) and Special Boat Squadron (SBS).

In addition to this, the Navy carried out a number of programmes to clear the underside of bridges where debris had been collected hampering the free flow of water, in the past few days. These programmes did the groundwork in order to minimize potential disasters during a possible flood situation.  (Colombo Gazette)

 

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