Military Spokesman Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera says that
operations are continuing to find 139 people who went missing due to the landslides of “Saamasara Kanda”. The Building Research Organization says that the landslide threat at Kegalle, Aranayake area is still prevailing. Steps have been taken to send the people in the area to safe locations. The people in the welfare camps have been provided with maximum facilities. Minister Kabir Hashim went to the area to look into the needs of the people. He instructed the officials to take necessary measures for the welfare of the people. Aranayaka Divisional Secretary told the Minister that they have received sufficient food and other necessities. He requested that the relief goods to be handed over to the Kegalle Divisional Secretariat as the space at Aranayaka Divisional Secretariat is not enough for storage. Meanwhile steps have been taken to setup another camp at Aranayake Kanangamuwa Vidyalaya. More than 2,000 people are staying at the welfare camps. Minister Navin Dissanayake visited the camp at Yakella Maha Vidyalaya and look into the needs of the people. He held discussions on providing housing for the people affected by the disaster. He said that lands would be provided to build houses after having discussions with estate superintendents. Meanwhile a special discussion on providing relief for the displaced people in the Kegalle District took place under the patronage of Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya at the Kegalle District Secretariat. Telephone numbers have been made available to inquire about the essential goods needed by the people. The public can get information about the essential goods needed by calling telephone numbers 0714 435234 or 0702 474843.