Around 300 members of the Army, together with fellow-sailors and airmen are currentlyengaged in flood relief emergencies in worst-affected Galle, Kalutara, Matara, Ratnapura and Puttalam Districts as of yesterday (22th) noon.
Health Services Director General Dr. Anil Jasinghe said the Influenza virus spreading in the south has been fully controlled. “Only seven persons have died from the Influenza virus up to now. All media reports on various higher number of deaths are wrong.
People do not need to panic and the disease is at a controllable level, he said yesterday. There is no increase in the disease.The spread of the disease within hospitals has been fully controlled. Only between 500 to 600 patients receive medical treatment at the moment, Dr. Anil Jasinghe said.
Addressing a press conference held at the Government Information Department Auditorium in Colombo yesterday he said that the drug, Tamiflu had been provided adequately for all required hospitals, especially the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital, Matara Hospital and the Kamburupitiya Hospital including high floor oxygen (nasal cannulas). Face masks have been provided for health staff. High floor oxygen (nasal cannulas) have been sent to these hospitals.
President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the relevant official to make arrangements to recommence agricultural activities in the Mahaweli zones as the area receives sufficient water with the rains lashing the island for the past few days.
Certain deaths have occurred due to the failure to follow the instructions given by the Meteorological Department and disaster management centers as 2 persons have dies due to lightning strikes while working in a paddy field, says State Minister Palitha Range Bandara.
The death toll which was previously recorded 7 has increased to 8 due to the adverse weather condition, the Disaster Management Center said. 38, 046 individuals and 9,817 families in 18 districts are affected by the prevailing weather condition.
Sri Lanka's Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka has issued an order to immediately remove all unauthorized structures erected along the canals in Colombo and suburbs blocking water drainage.
Tri-Service personnel have been deployed to provide immediate relief to those affected by the inclement weather experienced during the past few days.The Army has deployed around 125 personnel and around 20 boats for rescue operations in the Ratnapura and Southern parts of the country.
Due to the prevailing adverse weather conditions, 1,024 persons have been displaced while a total of 13,314 have been affected, stated the Disaster Management Center (DMC). According to the DMC, 7 deaths have been confirmed so far due to the current weather condition.