Military Spokesman Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera said nearly 1,000 Security Forces personnel have been deployed for relief activities in the affected areas due to the adverse weather situation.
Of this amount, nearly 700 Army personnel including 40 officers have been deployed for relief activities in the Aranayake and Bulathkohupitiya areas where hundreds were affected by landslides. Nearly 200 Navy personnel have been deployed especially in the flood affected areas.
The Air Force has also deployed a considerable amount of personnel for relief activities and stand by services especially lifesaving and rescue activities. A Bell 212 helicopter and another MI 17 chopper are on rescue operations.
Brigadier Jayaweera urged people to contact the Disaster Management Room by dialing phone numbers 011 2674502 and 011 2674503 when they are affected by bad weather conditions. On the information given by people,the Disaster Management Room will deploy security personnel on relief missions.
He requested persons, who are keen on assisting the affect people to directly contact the National Disaster Relief Service Centre rather than contacting the Disaster management Room. According to Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka heavy rains, storms and landslides have affected 18 districts in the country. It has been reported that 128,428 persons from 31,062 families have been affected while several deaths and disappearances to were reported by yesterday (18th May).
He added that the national Insurance Trust Fund has granted Rs 20 million under the National Insurance Programme for national disasters.