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    June 05, 2014

    The Sri Lanka Army have mobilized 200 specially trained personnel for disaster relief duties to save people from the floods and landslides experienced during the last few days. The army had send them in addition to the units present in these area said the Director of Army Media, Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera during the weekly press briefing at the Media Centre in Colombo today (06th June).


    These personnel have save a large number of people and animals from harm's way in the flood-hit regions of Kalutara, Gampaha, Ratnapura and Colombo districts. A number of bodies of people went missing during the floods were also recovered and handed over to the bereaving families by these soldiers. In addition they were also involved in clearing the waterways and drains of debris and allowing the draining of flood water quickly.


    Explaining the Navy's role in flood relief measures Navy media spokesman, Commander Kosala Warnakulasooriya said that the Navy has in its possession a large number of small crafts and in order to face times of contingencies and disasters the Rapid Response Rescue and Relief Squadron was formed in 2011. The Navy had provided specialized training for about 200 of its personnel of this squadron.


    The unit of the 4R squadron was established in Kalutara last year and it played an important role during the disaster relief operations, which is being carried out now. So far 404 lives have been saved by the navy and another 214 people were relocated to safe locations by the blue jackets.


    A Bell 412 an a MI 24 helicopter has been attached assist for flood relief operations by the Air Force sad the Air Force Spokesman, Wing Commander Gihan Seneviratne. These aircraft were used to transport boats and other rescue and relief equipment. Food, drinking water and other essentials needed for the flood victims were also airlifted through these helicopters. Another aircraft is kept on standby to respond to any emergency calls.
     

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