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Thursday, 02 August 2018 - 13:15
Forest fire causes damages to Northern Railway Line
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The Northern Railway Line has damaged as a result of a forest fire that has caused by vandals.
 
A spokesperson from the Railway Department said the forest fire had spread to the railway line where several wooden sleepers were damaged by fire.
 
He went on to say that several used sleepers had also been destroyed in the fire.
 
The Northern Railway Line comprises wooden sleepers from Maho to Vavuniya.
 
Meanwhile, the Disaster Management Center stated that the number of forest fires being lit by vandals is on the increase in Badulla and Monaragala districts.
 
78 such fires were reported in the recent past and, 500 hectares of forest have been destroyed as a consequence.
 
Badulla District Disaster Management Center Assistant Director, E. M. L. Udaya Kumara said that an SMS service will be launched effective today to report such fires, in an attempt to minimize damages incurred.
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