Ground troops of the Army under the Security Forces Headquarters, Wanni, (SFHQ-W) have completed repair and restore 329 tanks in the Anuradhapura district which was devastated by recent floods.
Of them, more than 27 tank bunds with widths of about 20-50 meters, were completely destroyed in some instances while 302 more bunds were partially damaged, prompting them to burst at any given moment. For this task, nearly 7000 Army troops assisted to mitigate the impact of the destruction.
In addition, another contingent of troops attended to the immediate remedial improvements, needed for Nachchiyaduwa Wewa, Eru Wewa, Kuda Kalattewa Wewa, Maha Kalattewa Wewa, Hurulu Wewa, Sangilikandarawa Wewa in Anuradhapura district, Vediwaittukallu Tank, Sinhapura Tank, Tannikallu Tank in Vavuniya district, Giantís Tank, Kathimurrippukulam Tank, Adaththaveli Tank and Pompanshanthakulam Tank in Mannar district as water levels were fast rising in the past few days.
Early last week more than 500 Army troops rushed to avert an imminent major catastrophe when they timely managed to pierce a selected side of the Eru Wewa bund and stalled further spilling of flood water into Nachchiduwa Tank since its bund was also by then facing a threat of bursting at any moment of the day as torrential rains continued.
As water levels were receding in some areas, Army troops, led by Sri Lanka Engineer Service Regiment in coordination with officials from the Ministry of Highways and local authorities, have already commenced repairs to the damaged infrastructure in Rambewa, Welioya Junction, Kiriwarankulam, Wahalkada, Habagama, Parangiyawadiya, Kahatagasdigiliya, Rathmalegas Wewa, Konwewa and along Palampiddi-Periyamadu Road, Janakapura-Mullaittivu Road, Kahatagollewa-Padaviya Road, Sinhapura-Nelumwewa Road, Anandakulam-Madhu Road, Bogashandiya-Pulmodai Road, Horowpothana-Anuradhapura Road and several other areas.
Meanwhile, overflowing of Malwathuoya from the bund-end towards Mannar compelled the troops to keep off the Main Supply Route (MSR) to Mannar as the water levels were rising as high as some 11 ft. However, troops maintained two alternative MSRs to Mannar across Parayanakulam and Madhu and sustained supplies uninterrupted.