The Sunday Leader

Floods: Tri-forces On Alert

By Indika Sri Aravinda

The tri-forces and the police have been put on alert to assist anyone during a disaster situation following the heavy rains experienced in the country last week, the Disaster Management Ministry said.
Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera told The Sunday Leader that he had met President Mahinda Rajapaksa last week and was given the green-light to utilize the tri-forces and police to assist affected families if the need arises.
He said that following the heavy rains experienced last week several reservoirs had overflowed and there was a threat of others overflowing too if there is more rain.
The Minister also said that there were concerns for people living close to hydro-catchment dams as the water levels had reached spill level.
“We are getting together with several Ministries and government departments to be prepared to face a weather related disaster. This includes the Irrigation Ministry, Highways Ministry, Agriculture Ministry, Defence Ministry, Environment Ministry, Disaster Management Ministry, Housing and Social Services Ministry,” he said.
He also said that the government has allocated Rs. 200 million to assist the families affected by the storm.
Meanwhile the Chairman of the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau N. P. Wijeyananda said that there is a threat of earth tremors occurring near the reservoirs.
Wijeyananda told The Sunday Leader that with water levels rising fast following the bad weather last week the stability of the reservoirs was at risk.

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