Sri Lanka reiterated its commitment to creating a mine-free Sri Lanka by 2020 at the 17th Meeting of the State Parties to the Mine Ban Convention (Ottawa Convention) organised by the International Centre for Humanitarian Demining in the United Nations Complex in Geneva.The Progress Report on Demining was tabled at the meeting and it was commended by the international community as originally 1,302 Sq.km of land extent was identified as a suspected and known contaminated area immediately after the war.
Inclement weather conditions experienced during the past week had caused flooding and minor earth slips in many parts of the country. Incessant rains had resulted in the sudden increase of water levels in tanks and reservoirs. Increased water levels had posed a threat to some tanks as their bunds had showed signs of breech and leakage. Timely action by Sri Lanka Army troops to attend to such emergency situations had prevented such leakages becoming disasters.
The Severe Cyclonic storm ‘GAJA’ over the Southwest Bay of Bengal is likely to move away from the country by today (16), the Department of Meteorology stated.Hence windy and showery condition in the Northern part of the island and Northern sea area is expected to reduce gradually from this evening.
Issued by the natural hazards early warning center
At 08.00 p.m. 15th November 2018. For the period until 02.00 p.m. 16th November 2018
For Northern and North-Central Provinces and Puttalam and Trincomalee districts and for Northern, Eastern and Gulf of Mannar sea areas
PLEASE BE AWARE:
The Severe Cyclonic storm ‘GAJA’ over the Southwest Bay of Bengal is now located approximately 170 km away from Kankasanturai to the northeast of Sri Lanka, near latitude-10.8N, Longitude-81.2E at 05.30p.m. on 15 November. It is very likely to move west-southwestwards.
More than 57 Army personnel including Officers of the Security Force Headquarters - Kilinochchi (SFHQ-KLN) late Thursday (8) afternoon placed sand bags and prevented a split in the Vannivilankulam tank bund, affected due to continuing torrential rains.
Divisional Secretariat for Manthai East and officials at the Departments of Agriculture and Irrigation alerted the 65 Division Headquarters about the imminent danger that would displace thousands in the event of any breach of the tank bund owing to fast swelling rainy water levels.