Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: President orders speedy public safety measures during floods

COLOMBO: President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday issued specific instructions to the Colombo Municipal Council and the Road Development Authority officials for speedy measures to clear all obstacles and ensure that the public are not endangered in the wake of floods in the city and outlying areas as witnessed yesterday.

The Presidential directive comes in the wake of the damage caused to life and limb in last morning's deluge together with the traffic jams and other hassles that had to be endured by the public in the city.

The President also requested these officials to have awareness programmes for the public so that they would be fully geared to act in such situations.

The Public has been requested to contact the following numbers with information about any locality that poses a threat to them.

Chairman Urban Development Authority 2873645,2877473,077-3346700

Chairman RDA 2862767,077-3129438

Mayor CMC 2684289,2678422,0777-358678

Municipal Commissioner 2678425,2691191,0777-313444

Deputy Municipal Commissioner 0777-313256

The President's Office had also issued instructions to officials in other areas too to be alert during bad weather.