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Uninterrupted water for quarantined areas even if bills have not been paid

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By Ifham Nizam

The Water Board would not disconnect the water supply of consumers who lived in quarantined areas and had not settled their bills, Water Supply and Drainage Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara said addressing the media in Colombo yesterday. The Minister also assured them of an uninterrupted water supply.

Nanayakkara also said plans were afoot to provide 400,000 new connections to applicants, who had applied for water supply by March, 2021. He added that the target would be achieved by expediting the repair and operation of pipelines and pumps that were currently non-operational and by the establishment of four new water projects that were set to commence in the next few months.

They were Pattiwila Kelani River South Bank Water Supply Project, Deduru Oya Water Supply Project, Nagadeepa and Vavuniya Water Supply Projects. Those projects alone could provide more than 250,000 new water connections. In addition, the Katana Water Supply Project, the Greater Matale Water Supply Project and the Alutgama Matugama Agalawatta Integrated Water Supply Project were scheduled to be opened by March 2021, he said.

Nanayakkara said that the Yahapalana government wanted to hand over water projects to the private sector. However, the present government’s policy was to protect the state institutions while improving their efficiency.

The minister also made a special request to the people to use tap water more carefully and to protect water sources.



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Navy intercept multi-day fishing trawler carrying 200kg of narcotics

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It has been reported that the Sri Lanka Navy has intercepted a multi-day fishing trawler carrying around 200kg of narcotics suspected to be heroin and crystal methamphetamine (‘Ice’) off the southern coast of the island.

The boat and crew  were to be brought to the Galle Harbour,

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued to Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district today (12)

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued by the natural hazards early warning center at 01.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. on 12 April 2024

Thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning are likely to occur at several places in Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district.

There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers.

General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.

ACTION REQUIRED:

The Department of Meteorology advises that people should:
• Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.

• Avoid open areas such as paddy fields, tea plantations and open water bodies during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using wired telephones and connected electric appliances during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using open vehicles, such as bicycles, tractors and boats etc.

• Beware of fallen trees and power lines.

• For emergency assistance contact the local disaster management authorities.
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Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage (Retd) sets Serendib World Record climbing Adam’s Peak in record time

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Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage (Retd) of the Sri Lanka Navy achieved a remarkable feat, setting a Serendib World Record for climbing Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada) in an impressive time of 23 hours and 46 minutes, using four different routes  (Nallathanniya, Erathna, Palabaddala, and Malingboda.)  as well as becoming the first person to complete the most ascents of Adam’s Peak within 24 hours.

He began his quest to set this record on 08th April, starting from the Nallathanniya Sri Pada entrance at 3:00 a.m all the way to the peak. His journey continued with climbs up and down the Erathna, Palabaddala, and Malingboda routes, ultimately concluding with the challenging trek from Adam’s Peak to Nallathanniya.

The Serendib World Records Committee officially acknowledged Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage’s (Retd) achievement and awarded him the Serendib World Record certificate on 09th April.

(Navy Media)

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