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Police rescue family and infant in Lellupitiya from heavy flood

HANDLE WITH CARE – Policemen from the Ratnapura station gingerly carry an infant to safety as the baby’s family form a line with them in Lellupitiya. Inspector Rohan Olugala, wearing facemask, posted this picture on his Facebook page

ECONOMYNEXT- A squad of Policemen from the Ratnapura station rescued a family group trapped 2 kilometres inland by floods including an infant, the Officer in Charge of the station Inspector Rohan Olugala said.

Olugala told EconomyNext that the rescue was carried out today in Lellupitiya, Rathnapura which is seeing unprecedented flooding group of people including the family of the infant was trapped by rising waters.

Commenting on the precautions taken to take the displaced to a safe location while following the health standards required due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, he said that safety precautions are not practically followed as there are people even without face mask.

“People forget about them, they only consider the immediate problem faced by the floods but we give guidelines to them always,” he said.

Further, he said that once they rescue the affected people from their homes, they are handed over to the divisional secretariats which will put them at safe locations while maintaining social distancing.

“But in some locations, I don’t see that is being practically applied,” he added.

A total of 9716 people from 2487 families have been affected by the prevailing weather conditions during the 24 hour period that ended at 6 pm yesterday, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said.

Three deaths have been also reported so far from the weather conditions.

Rathnapura district has been mostly affected by the weather with 7929 people from 2055  families affected by the weather with 2 deaths reported.(Colombo/May20/2020)