Army troops assist prevention of further spread of leaked oil

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A group of thirty-one Army personnel including an officer on being informed by the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff and Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayake, about the Diesel leakage into the Nilwala River, polluting drinking water resources, visited affected areas and prevented its further spread in several areas in the streaming waters on Monday (18).

Those troops after stacking gunny bags of sand around oil patches on water blocked its further passage since the oil pollution could affect thousands who are using Nilwala River water for drinking and other purposes.

Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe, Commander, Security Force Headquarters – West (SFHQ-West) together with General Officer Commanding, 58 Division and Brigade Commander, 581 Brigade personally visited affected locations and instructed accordingly before it swells into a major disaster.

The visiting Commander, SFHQ-West also attended a specially convened meeting of state authorities including Divisional Secretary, representatives from Central Environmental Authority (CEA), Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CEYPETCO), National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB), and Public Health Inspectors (PHIs), held to assess the impact of the oil leak and remedial measures.

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