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Army Begins Supply of Drinking Water to Drought-Hit Civilians

Sri Lanka Army troops in the Security Force Headquarters - East (SFHQ-E) are currently engaged in supplying drinking water to drought-affected people in Welikanda, Dimbulagala, Lankapura, Thamankaduwa, Medirigiriya and Hingurakgoda areas using their own water bowsers.

A few more than 70,431 people belonging to 18,951 families who have been worst-affected are provided drinking water following directions given by the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva to the SFHQ-E.

Major General K.M.U Wijeratne, Commander, Security Forces - East who is closely monitoring the arrangement has instructed his troops to expand the services, considering the worst-affected in other areas too.

The emergency relief service commenced on 21 September 2016 as per instructions of the Commander of the Army.