Floods in Ja-Ela
JAELA: The recent heavy rains have caused a flood situation in the
Jaela electorate for the first time, said Jaela Divisional Secretary W.A.
According to him 21 Grama Niladari areas have gone under water
displacing over 20,000 people covering about 3731 families altogether.
He said that steps have been taken by the Secretariat to evacuate
families affected by the floods to safe places using boats belonging to
the disaster management unit of the Navy. Boats were used to evacuate
about 300 families in Kotugoda, Bolanda and Maeliya, he added.
"We have also found them temporary shelter in schools and provide
them food and other essential needs. We have been assisted by the Navy,
Air Force, Police and other humanitarian groups working in the area.
Premapriya pointed out that water level at the Jaela has risen and to
prevent the spilling of water reach the bare land they have placed sand
bags along the banks of the river.
He also said that Police using the public address system requested
the people to move to safe places by informing them of the possible
danger of floods.