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Sri Lanka landslides, floods trigger biggest army deployment since war

ECONOMYNEXT – The use of the Sri Lankan troops to cope with floods and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains in May was the biggest military deployment since the ethnic war ended in 2009, Minister of Disaster Management Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said.

More than 5,000 soldiers from the army and 58 amphibious vehicles had been deployed to help rescue and evacuate people and clear roads, he told a news conference.

The navy had deployed 900 sailors, including 120 recovery teams equipped with dinghies.

The air force had used over a dozen helicopters and a Beechcraft surveillance aircraft and flown 270 sorties in the first 72 hours of the disaster in May, Yapa said.

Over 9,700 people had been rescued in first 72 hours.
(COLOMBO, June 05, 2017)


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