Navy keeps 48 relief teams on standby

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The Navy has kept 48 relief teams on standby as of 2 August morning, to provide assistance to the people who would be vulnerable to flash floods, with possible rise of the water levels of rivers, due to heavy downpour reported in several parts of the island.

As per the directives of Navy Commander, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne, 27 teams to the Western Province, eight teams to the Southern Province, and 13 teams to the Northwestern Province were allocated by the Naval Commands for flood relief duties.

Meanwhile, the Navy deployed two flood relief teams in the New Town of Rathnapura and rushed another team to Muwagama in Rathnapura on 1 August evening.

In addition, Navy flood relief teams have been kept on standby for prompt deployment, in close coordination with the Disaster Management Centre. (NV)