Troops of the Security Forces (West) with coordination of the sister services, Police personnel, Disaster Management Centre (DMC), District Secretariats in Colombo, Galle, Kalutara, and Matara areas initiated clearing, evacuation and rescue operations in areas for badly affected by cyclone weather patterns on starting from Thursday (30) evening.
581 Brigade troops in Galle and Matara districts cleared main roads which remained obstructed with fallen trees, branches and other objects and the railway tracks in specific areas. More than 114 troops including officers were attending to those priorities.
Meanwhile, troops of the 58 Division on the instructions of Brigadier Sumith Athapattu have rushed to interior areas and began clearing work and facilitated the traffic along some of the roads. Similarly, Security Force (West) troops on the directions of Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe, Commander, Security Forces (West) are currently facilitating the evacuation of affected civilians to safer places as per the directions of government authorities.