Sirisena blamed lack of prevention measures for the recent floods

Vastavam web: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today blamed lack of prevention measures for the recent floods that claimed over 200 lives in the country’s worst torrential rains since 2003.Speaking in the southern town of Galle, Sirisena lamented that flood prevention plans laid had not been implemented in the country.”People who oppose prevention plans are the ones who cry hoarse when the floods occur,” Sirisena said.The DMC said 1,505 houses had been fully damaged while 7,617 houses were partially damaged due to the floods and landslides. Around DMC 77, 432 people have been displaced.The two rivers overflowing was the main reason for severe flooding more particularly in the southern Galle and Kalutara districts.Indian naval divers and medical teams have joined rescue efforts in Lanka’s flood-hit regions.
A third Indian naval ship arrived today, bringing relief supplies including rice, lentils, sugar, milk and blankets for the displaced.Following India’s lead in early response to Sri Lanka flood disaster, more international aid has been pouring into the country, officials said.Sri Lankan Navy said three ships from China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy) arrived at the Colombo Port yesterday to assist ongoing relief operations.Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) Expert Team is to leave for Sri Lanka on June 2. “Upon the request of the Government of Sri Lanka, and in light of the friendly relations between Japan and Sri Lanka, Japan decided to provide emergency assistance to Sri Lanka to meet its humanitarian needs,” a statement said.South Korea has decided to provide humanitarian assistance worth of USD 300,000 in the form of relief goods such as family tents, blankets and tarpaulins, which will be delivered as soon as possible.