Marooned people refuse to leave their homes

By Madura Ranwala

Most people in Wellampitiya, Ambatale, Kohilawatte and Kotikawatte areas are refusing to leave thier flooded houses for fear of losing their belongings though Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesignhe assured them of tight security.

Tri-forces rescue operation teams’ sources told The Island last night that some people had refused to leave their houses even if their areas were patrolled by Navy and Army in boats.

Police, navy and army had taken measured to stop private boat owners, who tried to rescue flood victims with the intention of earning money.

Orders were given to the rescue teams by senior officers of army, navy and police to stop those boats and get them to register with the police to resume rescue operations. They were also ordered to have one or two security officers on board. Asked whether the army and navy supplied food to flood victims who refused to leave their houses, he said they would be given food and water depending on the resources.

"Some men swim to places where food is distributed," he said.

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