Death toll at Meethotamulla tragedy rises to 27; Special meeting before assessing the damage

Monday, 17 April 2017 - 12:45


The death toll of Meethotamulla garbage mount collapse has risen to 27.

Army Media spokesman Brigadier Roshan Senevirathna explains about the ongoing rescue operation in the affected area.

The Disaster Management Center said that 30 people are still missing under the debris.  

Meanwhile, assessment of damage caused by the disaster is scheduled to be commenced today.

It is reported that a prior meeting is being held to discuss how to carry out assessment under the existing complicated circumstances.

Chief Government Valuer P.D.D.S. Muthukumarana told our news senior officials of her Department, Grama Seva officers, senior members of police and tri forces and residents of the area are participating in the ongoing meeting.

Part of the garbage mount at Meethotamulla collapsed at 3pm on April 14th.

140 houses on Daham Mawatha and 23 Waththa which were adjacent to the garbage mount were destroyed by the garbage mount collapse while.

The family members were inside these houses when the disaster occurred.

It is reported that there were 6 children among the dead.

Meanwhile, it is reported that 980 persons belonged to 228 families have been affected by the disaster situation.

Assistant director of the Disaster Management Center Pradeep Kodippili told our news team that 74 displaced persons have been sheltered Terence N de Silva Maha Vidyalaya in Kolonnawa.


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