SLAF heli-lifts relief aid
Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) continued their mission to provide relief
aid to flash flood victims in the Eastern Province by airlifting dry
rations consignments using Mi-17 helicopters.
The operations which began on January 11 from SLAF China Bay,
airlifted 5,200 kilograms of dry rations including dhal, sugar, rice,
milk powder in an Mi-17 heavy-lift helicopter bound for Somawathiya area
in the Polonnaruwa District.
This was followed by another consignment of 9,700 kilograms of
essential goods by an Mi-17 from SLAF Base Hingurakgoda to the same
area. Both consignments were dropped at Somawathi Devi Vidyalaya school
grounds. Meanwhile, a consignment of wheat flour weighing 2,800
kilograms was also airlifted to Somawathiya last morning from
Hingurakgoda on an Mi-17 helicopter.
Civilians affected by flash floods are housed at temporary shelter in
several adjacent areas including Somawathiya.