Army evacuates stranded devotees
The Sri Lanka Army evacuated devotees stranded due to floods caused
by heavy rains at the historic Somawathiya area in Polonnaruwa, by
deploying military vehicles. Nearly 400,000 devotees who came in around
30,000 vehicles to participate in religious observances at this Buddhist
site on May 8 and 9 were trapped as a result of floods.
Therefore, soldiers attached to the Security Forces Headquarters in
the Eastern Province on the directives of its Commander Major General
Susil Udumalagala took measures to rescue devotees who had been affected
by floods in the Somawathi area.
Devotees were provided with food and drinking water by soldiers.
Sri Lanka Army medical teams had rushed to the area to provide
medical treatment for those in need.
Most of devotees who were stranded in the area were provided money to
go back to their villages by the Armed Forces.
Soldiers also used backhoes to pull the vehicles which were stuck in
the mud as a result of the floods.
Meanwhile,the SLAF helicopters helped airlift devotees trapped in the
area for safety.