02nd December 2017 12:46:47 Hours
The Army-initiated search, rescue and relief operations, being conducted across the country in flood-affected areas in full swing with the participation of more than 500 Army personnel including Officers.
Troops are largely deployed in Bandaragama, Milleniya, Matugama, Wallalawita, Beruwala, Kalutara, Horana areas under specific Divisional secretariats in the Kalutara District. 40 Army personnel in four separate 10-man teams are working with Ceylon Electricity Board authorities round the clock in power disrupted areas.
Troops of the 9 Gemunu Watch (GW) serving the 582 Brigade of the 58 Division under the Security Force Headquarters-West (SFHQ-West), in liaison with Ceylon Electricity Board authorities and Divisional Secretariat officials on the directions of the General Officer Commanding of the 58 Division, Brigadier Sumith Attapattu are supporting power restoration work, clearing of roads and supply of other daily needs for victims in Kalutara District as of Saturday (2).
Lieutenant Colonel Prasanna Karunanyake, Commanding Officer, 9 GW under the close supervision of Brigadier Sarada Samarakoon, 582 Brigade Commander are also engaged in different relief assignments in the same Kalutara district.
On the directions of the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake Island-wide troops are spearheading those emergency assignments in close cooperation with different state authorities and other agencies.
Similarly, troops of the Security Force Headquarters - West (SFHQ-West) and Security Force Headquarters - Central (SFHQ-C) are providing relief services and other emergency needs to the flood-affected civilians in specific areas.