A monk had jumped into the Nilwala river at the Matara-Bandatthara bridge this morning.
The police reported that the assistance of the Navy has been obtained in the search for the aforesaid monk.
It is said that this monk had attempted jumping into the river the previous night as well and had been prevented by someone who happened to come along.
However he had jumped into the river today after handing over his ID and umbrella to a cousin, according to the provincial reporter.
It is mentioned that this monk is about 80 years of age.