Death toll in garbage dump collapse climbs to 19

Saturday, 15 April 2017 - 19:21

The death toll from the Meethotamulla tragedy has risen to 19.

4 children were among those killed after a part of the Meethotamulla garbage dump had collapsed damaging several houses in the area.

Director of the National Hospital Dr Anil Jaasingha stated that 13 injured persons are currently receiving treatment at the hospital.

 Relief operations are continuing in Meethotamulla where 145 houses were damaged.

625 persons belonging to 180 families who were displaced have been given temporary shelter at the Terrance De Silva College in Kolonnawa.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasingha issuing a special message from Japan stated that immediate measures will be taken to remove the Meethotaamulla garbage dump and provide relief to the affected.

Meanwhile, Minister of Law and Order and Southern Province Development Sagala Rathnayaka has instructed affected persons to remove their belongings from the houses with the support of the Military Personnel who have been deployed to provide relief.

The Minister visited the site this morning and had instructed to clear out the rubble within 2 days and to provide temporary shelter to those displaced.

Over 600 personnel from the Tri Forces have been deployed for rescue and relief operations.

Army Spokesperson Brigadier Roshan Senevirathna stated that 3, MI – 17 helicopters and a Bell 212 are on standby.

Meanwhile police media spokesman DIG, Priyantha Jayakody stated that 20 persons who attempted to rob the damaged houses in Meethotamulla were arrested.

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