Naval personnel attached to the Southern Naval Command today (29 December) pressed into action to remove logs and branches of trees clogged underside of the Wakwella Bridge in Galle, restricting the downstream of water. Following the inclement weather prevailed during the past few days, the Wakwella Bridge located on Galle Rathgama by road, over Gin Ganga had been blocked by debris from underside.
Following the information and directives given by the Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, under the guidance of Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe, with the supervision of Director General Operations Rear Admiral Piyal de Silva and Commander Southern Naval Area Rear Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenna, regarding possible flood situation in the area to the Southern Naval Command, several groups of naval personnel belonging to the Navy’s Diving Unit, Special Boat Squadron and Rapid Action Boat Squadron were dispatched to the location to avert the possible threat.
Naval troops made a concerted effort to remove all wooden remains and debris collected under the bridge, making way for free flow of river-water. After the prompt action of the Navy, the area is out of the risk of flood as of now. The initiative is recognized as yet another social responsibility effort executed by men in blue for the wellbeing of the general public.
Sri Lanka Navy is alert and vigilant all round the clock to assist any disastrous situation that may occur on land and out at sea as well. The telephone numbers 011 2445368 and 011 4324049 at the Ops Room of Director General Operations are open for general public to request for assistance at any peril.