30 persons still missing after collapse of Meethotamulla garbage mound

Monday, 17 April 2017 - 19:36

The Disaster Management Centre stated that another 30 persons are still missing following collapse of the Meethotamulla garbage mound.

Assistant Director of the Center Pradeep Kodippili told our news team that 29 persons have died in the tragedy.

However, Law and Order Minister Sagala Rathnayake who toured the Meethotamulla area stated that he believes another 10 persons are still missing.

Meanwhile, Army Media spokesman Brigadier Roshan Senevirathna told our news team that rescue operation will continue further in search of missing persons.

Meanwhile, the assessment of the damage caused by the disaster is scheduled to commence today. Chief Government Valuer P.D.D.S. Muthukumarana told our news team that assessment of the damage has already commenced.

Meanwhile, the funeral rites for 17 persons who died when the garbage mount collapse were held at the Kollonnawa cemetery today.

At the same time, funerals of two women and a 14-year old boy were held at the Maligawatta Muslim burial ground.

However, a disputed situation was erupted with regard to the quality standards of coffins provided by the government.

It was seen that some coffins were tied with stripes of clothes. Inter University Students Federation also took part in the funeral procession while displaying black flags.

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 when 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. 7 persons who were injured in the incident are still receiving treatment at Colombo National Hospital.

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