Secretary to the Ministry of Defence pays a visit to the Naval Headquarters Operations Room

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi paid an observational visit to the Navy’s Main Operations Room at the Naval Headquarters today (20). Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne gave a warm welcome upon his arrival.

During the visit Secretary to the Ministry of Defence looked into the proceedings of the rescue missions and the relief operations carried out by the Navy. Subsequently Commander of the Navy conducted a comprehensive presentation in relation to the number of rescue missions launched, the deployment of rescue teams in and around Colombo area, the provision of food, water and medical facilities.The Chief of Staff, Rear Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe, Director General Operations, Rear Admiral Dharmendra Wettewa and senior officers of the Naval Headquarters, were also present at the operations room.

Meanwhile, the Navy continue to render assistance to those who were badly affected by floods due to the inclement weather prevailed during past few days. Accordingly the Navy took action to rescue the lives of over 21,000 people and transfer them to safe locations. Moreover 105 Lifesaving Boat Teams were deployed in the areas affected by floods. In the meantime, naval personnel were busy providing cooked meals and bottles of drinking water for over 50,000 people, who were displaced by this natural disaster. Further, arrangements have been made to install temporary toilet facilities and provide potable water to the people around Peliyagoda paying attention to the sanitary concern of them as well. In similar vein naval medical teams comprised of Navy Medical officers conducted several medical clinics to look into the health status of the flood victims, which was a very vital need of the hour.