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Engineers inspect reservoirs in flood-affected areas:

Essential foodstuff sent to North

The Government has sent essential foodstuff in 10 lorries to the North to be distributed among those affected by floods in Mannar, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi districts, Northern Province Governor Major General G.A. Chandrasiri said.

Foodstuff has been sent to the North from Anuradhapura. A team of Engineers has been sent to inspect the reservoirs in the flood-affected areas, the Governor said.

The Mannar district was the worst affected due to floods. Mannar, Nanattan, Musali, Madhu and Manthai Divisional Secretariat Divisions in the district were badly affected. Four thousand two hundred and twenty nine families (17,339 persons) had been affected in the Mannar district, District Disaster Management Officer A.C.M. Riyas said.

He said that 1,307 families (4,623 persons) have been housed in 17 welfare centres.

The Northern province Governor said that 1,536 families, (5,090 persons), 6,092 families (25,000 persons) and 700 families had been affected in the Mullaitivu, Vavuniya and Kilinochchi districts.

Reservoirs in the Mullaitivu, Mannar, Kilinochchi and Vavuniya districts are overflowing.

The sluice gates of the Iranamadu tank have been opened, a spokesman for the Kilinochchi Regional Deputy Irrigation Director’s office said.

Several areas in Oddusuddan, Pandiyan Aru, Puthukudiyiruppu and several other areas have gone under water. Transport on certain routes has also been affected due to the floods.

The bridge at the third milepost leading to the Mullaitivu town collapsed and six boats have been deployed to ferry people to the Mullaitivu town.

The Musali and Nanattan areas are under water and tractors have been used for emergency purposes, the Northern province Governor said.

As the water level of the Pawatkulam reservoir in Vavuniya is rising four sluice gates of the tank have been opened. Vavuniya GA Bandula Harischandra has called upon people residing in the Settikulam and the surrounding areas to be vigilant.

 

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