Speaking at the press briefing held yesterday (05th Nov) Director/Spokesperson MoD Media Centre Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya stated that, search and rescue operations and post disaster recovery process in Koslandawatta-Meeriyabedda of Haldummulla Divisional Secretariat is running in full-swing with the assistance of Armed Forces.
Over 1000 tri-forces personnel along with police and Special Task Force troops have been entrusted with the operation on the directives of the Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The prevailing inclement weather condition and torrential rains have severely affected the ongoing process. He also noted.
Further speaking he emphasized that, Over 337 people of 57 families in Koslandawatta-Meriyabeda have victimized in the calamity and a total of 63 buildings have been completely smashed including houses, a kovil, community centres, dairy collection centres, Boutique shops and three Estate bungalows.
As an emergency response, a total of 1959 people in high-risk areas have been instantly evacuated while providing alternative accommodation in safe centers. Those safe centers are functioning in Koslanda Kovil, Koslanda Sri Ganesha Tamil School, Poonagala Kovil and Poonagala Tamil School.
In association with armed forces, IDP’s are being provided with meals and health facilities until they are moved out for alternative arrangements. Meanwhile, education programmes are being conducted for students including a special education programme for those who are expecting to face the forthcoming GCE (O/L) examination under the patronage the Ministry of Education. IDP’s in temporary lodging canters have been allowed to attend their routine livelihood activities too. Brigadier said.
Further Brigadier went on to say that, “nine deceased bodies of six females and three males including fractions of three deceased bodies were recovered”. “Meanwhile, recovered valuables have been handed over to the Koslanda police station for safe keeping”, He added.