Oct 18, 2017

Garbage hill collapses on Sri Pada route (pics)

A landslide due to the collapse of a garbage hill was reported in the Mahagiridamba area on the Sri Pada Hatton road from Nallathanniya to Udamaluwa.

The landslide which had occurred around four days ago was as a result of torrential rains experienced in the area, according to the Nallathanniya Police OIC, IP Anil Jayasinghe.

This garbage mound in Udamaluwa, was the garbage left behind by pilgrims that was collected to be brought down hill. Due to the landslide, a section of around 15 metres of the Mahagiridamba area on the Nallathanniya road had been obstructed.

Although it was planned to bring the collected garbage downhill through the collective efforts of an organised Shramadana, due to the torrential rains experienced in the area over the last few months, the operation was hampered, said the Sripadasnadhipathi the Chief Sanghanayake of the Sabaragamuwa province, Bengamuwe Dhammadinna Thera. He is also the Chief Priest of the Pelmadulla Raja Maha Viharaya and the Chancellor of the Uwa Wellassa University.

However, as it is now off season, the landslide has not caused any inconvenience to the public and the garbage on the road as well as the garbage remaining on the Udamaluwa will be cleared by an organised Shramadana on October 21 involving the security force personnel, officials of several state institutions and several volunteer organisations, the Sripadasnadhipathi said.

The Sri Pada road sustained minor damage due to the landslide.

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