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Sunday, 05 June 2016 - 18:59
Update: Security Council meets to discuss on Salawa Army Camp explosion
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Security Council met this morning to discuss about the explosion at Salawa Army Camp in Kosgama, Avissawella.

Defense Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi said several decisions were made during the meeting. He said they will be revealed soon.

The fire broke out at the armoury at around 5.45pm.

Minor explosions are still reported from the camp, Hiru Corresponded at the scene said.

At least 47 people were hospitalized with injuries. Most of them were admitted to the Padukka hospital.

Two were admitted to the Avissawella hospital and one of them were transferred to Kandy General Hospital.

Two were rushed to the Homagama hospital and one of them, a soldier, has passed away.

He is a 37-year-old resident of Buttala area.
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Security forces say that residents living one kilometer away from the Salawa Army Camp can return to their houses.

Army has warned people to refrain from touching any objects lying around in the area as there is a risk of explosions.

In case such materials are found contact the army headquarters be contacted via hot line 011 3 81 86 09 or 011 2 43 42 51.

The Salawa Army Camp site is to be inspected by the Government Analyst today.

Minister of Law and Order Sagala Rathnayake who visited the area last night stated the CID would investigate into the incident.

Meanwhile, the President’s Media Unit stated that all schools and government institutions in the Awissawella Electorate will be closed today.

The fire broke out at the Kosgama Salawa army camp situated close to the Colombo- Avissawella High Level Road at about 5. 45 last evening.

While the three armed forces, the police and fire brigade approached the camp premises, people within six kilometers from the camp were led to safe locations.

The Colombo – Avissawella road remains closed.

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The fire that erupted at the Armoury of Salawa Army Camp situated in Kosgama, Awissawella, last evening has been contained.

Army Media Spokesperson Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera said that army officials have now entered the ammo storage where the fire broke out.

He said people living one kilometer away from the camp could now return to their residences.

An Army personal has died in the fire and another was hospitalized with injuries.

At least 39 people were injured during the evacuation process.

Reports say that while 36 of the wounded have come to the Padukka hospital, 11 of them still receive treatment as indoor patients.

While another two have been admitted to the Avissawella hospital, one of them has been transferred to the Kandy hospital.

Another wounded person is being treated at the Homagama hospital.

The High-level road will remain closed.


Update: Monday, June 6, 2016 06.32

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An army personal has died at the fire in the Armoury of Salawa Army Camp.

Attempts are still made to contain the fire that broke out at the Armoury of Salawa Army Camp situated in Kosgama, Awissawella.

Army Commander Lieutenant General Krishantha de Silva said that all steps are taken to control the situation.

Hiru correspondent at the site said explosion sounds can still be heard.

Meanwhile, President Maithripala Sirisena said that steps will be taken to close all schools and offices in the Avissawella electorate.

The fire at the armoury was reported at around 5.45pm.

Army Media Spokesperson Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera said that an ammo storage has thus caught fire.

The fire has gradually spread, flames are seen rising at the army camp from time to time.

Sri Lanka Army, Air Force and Navy was deployed to contain the fire. The Fire Brigade has also gone to the site but they were restricted to a place one kilometer away from the camp.

Residents living in the radius of six kilometers around the army camp was evacuated by the security forces.

People in Pugoda, Kaluaggala, Hanwella and other areas were thus evacuated.

In addition to this power was cut off in the area.

Army requested people to refrain from visiting the area to see the fire.

Avissawella- Colombo main road and Kosgama- Avissawella road was temporary closed.

Police and army protection will be given to houses of evacuated people, Army Commander Lieutenant General Krishantha de Silva said.

Update : Sunday, June 5, 2016 09.42
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Heavy traffic is reported in roads around the Salawa Army Camp situated in Kosgama, Awissawella after a fire broke out there.

Police requested people to take alternate routes due to this situation.

Residents living in the radius of six kilometers around the army camp was evacuated by the security forces.

President Maithripala Sirisena said all schools will be closed tomorrow in the Avissawella electorate.

Following are footages from the area..





Update : Sunday, June 5, 2016 20.41
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A fire has erupted at the Armoury of Salawa Army Camp situated in Kosgama, Awissawella.

Steps were taken to evacuate people living about 2 Kilometers around the Salawa Army Camp due to the explosion.

The Awissawella-Colombo main road has been temporarily closed down from Puwakpitiya upto Kaluaggala area.

Police requests the people to refrain from coming to the site.

The Army Media Spokesperson Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera stated that a fire which occurred inside the Army Camp has reached to the Armoury.

Tri-Forces are currently dousing the fire at the ammunition dump in Salawa Camp, houses of the evacuated people will be protected, he said.

Adding further he stated that, all the Arms were stored according to International Standard System.

Await for more details...









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