Tuesday, 04 November 2014 - 19:38
Northern Chief Minister visits Meeriyabadda. #KoslandaLandslide
People in Meeriyabedda and Haldummulla area gathered at Hindu temples and engaged in religious activities to remember the deceased.
To mark the 7th day of the dead, shops in the surrounding towns such as Haputale and Pussellawa were also closed today.
Meanwhile Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran toured in the landslide-hit Meeriyabedda area this morning.
Our correspondent said that parts of the Meeriyabedda Kovil were found during today’s search operations but no bodies were found.
The rescue operations at Meeriyabedda were halted for 20 minutes this afternoon after the Building Research Institute issued a warning of another possible landslide in the area.
Central Province Security Commander Major General Mano Perera said the operations re-started later despite the intermittent rain that disrupted the rescue operation.
Meanwhile 17 thousand 408 persons belonging to 4476 families were affected due to inclement weather condition in the country.
At the same time, Building Research Institute has extended the prevailing landslide warnings on Kegalle, Ratnapura, Matale, Badulla, Kandy and Nuwara Eliya districts for the next 24 hours.
Senior National Building Research Organisation geologist Gamini Jayatissa said that the public should act with special vigilance on this.
Nuwara Eliya District Secretary D.P.G. Kumarasiri stated that motorists should avoid Hatton - Nuwara Eliya main road in the night, except emergencies.
Meanwhile the Meteorology Department stated that intermittent rain could be experienced tonight in Western, Sabaragamuwa, North Western and Central provinces as well as in Galle and Matara districts.