SLAF deploys helicopter to help douse fire in Seeduwa
February 20, 2020 05:36 pm
A Bell 212 helicopter belonging to the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) is currently conducting ‘Bambi Bucket’ operations in the Seeduwa area, close to the Katunayake Expressway, in order to douse a fire.
The Colombo-Katunayake Expressway from Ja-Ela to Katunayake was temporarily closed due to a fire in the area.
The public was advised to use the Ja-Ela to Colombo section and Colombo-Negombo road or other alternate routes.
The fire had reportedly broken out at a solid waste disposal center located in the Ambalammulla area in the Gampaha District while the dense smoke emanating from the fire had spread throughout the area and even over the expressway.
A section of the expressway was temporarily closed from Ja-Ela to Katunayake as a result of this while the entire expressway was closed off afterwards as the smoke had continued to spread an impair visibility.
However, police said that the stretch from Peliyagoda to Ja-Ela on the expressway has now been opened for traffic.