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Investigation Launched into Colombo District Flooding

June 28, Colombo (LNW): Senior Advisor to the President on National Security and Chief of Presidential Staff, Sagala Ratnayaka, has been directed to investigate the causes of the recent flooding in the Colombo district. He has instructed that reports be collected from all Grama Niladhari Divisions in the district and directed the Divisional Secretaries to prepare a preliminary report based on these findings and submit it to the Presidential Secretariat within two weeks.

Ratnayaka also announced plans to consult with the heads of relevant institutions to develop immediate strategies to address the identified issues.

These announcements were made during a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat on Wednesday (26). The meeting, attended by the heads of various line agencies, aimed to identify the causes of the recent flooding in the Colombo district due to adverse weather conditions and to formulate appropriate solutions.

Ratnayaka stated that President Ranil Wickremesinghe, along with political representatives from the affected areas, surveyed the flood-damaged areas in the Colombo district. It was determined that both natural causes and irregular human activities contributed to the flooding.

Consequently, the President has instructed the preparation of short-term, medium-term, and long-term programmes to prevent future floods, he added.

MP Premanath C. Dolawatta, Water Supply Ministry Secretary A. C. M. Nafeel, heads of relevant institutions, and a group of residents from the areas affected by the floods in the Colombo district also participated.

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