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Garbage Dump Disaster Relief in Sri Lanka

Publication date:2017-04-26
 On the 14th of April 2017, on the day of Sinhala and Tamil (two ethnic groups in Sri Lanka) New Year day, section of a Garbage fill/dump in Meethotamulla, a suburban city adjoining the capital Colombo, collapsed affecting around 1800 people. According to the Disaster Management Center (DMC), 30 deaths, 8 missing persons and 11 injuries were reported. The injured were hospitalized and 980 people from 228 families were displaced and relocated to safer location. About 200 houses were damaged and 60 houses were completely damaged. Along with DMC Army, Navy and Air force as well as Police provided immediate relief to the affected.
A joint team from AMDA Sri Lanka and the St John Ambulance Colombo District conducted a Medical Camp at the Terrence De Silva School in Meethotamulla, where the displaced are sheltered. Doctors and Nurses from Colombo East Hospital helped with medical care and the joint team visited and donated some needed drugs and food items at the shelter.
In the mean time, a group of visiting Japanese Experts, who arrived to study the situation presented their report on Meethotamulla Garbage Dump to President of Sri Lanka Mr. Maithripala Sirisena on April 24 at the President's Official Residence in Colombo.
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