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Troops assisting flood victims

Nov 11, 2010 10:44:09 AM - itnnews.lk

the Armed forces have come to the rescue of flood victims. The Armed Forces with the support of the Police are provided immediate relief to the flood victims.

Military Spokesman Major General Ubhaya Medawala said that a team of 2000 members had been deployed in Colombo and the suburbs to provide immediate services in case of an unexpected flood. He urged the public to contact 077 395 77 39 in case of an emergency. The Sri Lanka Air Force and the Navy are also extending maximum support in this calamity.

Air Force Media Spokesman Group Captain Janaka Nanayakkara said that the Air Force is monitoring the situation in Colombo and other flood affected areas. He said that with the help of a Bell 212 helicopter they monitored flood affected areas in Colombo, Panadura and Kalutara. The data they gathered was passed on to the Relief Agencies. He added that helicopters are ready to meet any emergency situation and also to undertake any rescue operation.

Naval Media Spokesman Commander Athula Senarath said that the Navy is helping the flood affected in Colombo assisting in rescue operations and providing food. Nine teams along with 10 boats are engaged in these operations from this morning. He revealed that 60 officers are supporting these operations.