( April 18, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The death toll in the Meethotamulla tragedy rose to 30 as at yesterday morning while 30 are still reported missing, the Disaster Management Centre sources said. It was also reported that 11 individuals were injured.
Completely damaged houses following the collapse of the garbage mountain are 79 while there were 17 partially damaged houses as well.
A total of 980 persons from 228 families were affected by the garbage site collapse.
The sources also revealed that 129 individuals and 26 families are residing at safe locations.
Meanwhile, a group of residents in Dompe staged a protest today against dumping garbage transported from Colombo.
The protest was held near the Maligawatta sports ground in Kirindiwela.
Meanwhile, another protest was held against dumping garbage transported from Wattala Pradeshiya Sabha in Muthurajawela.
The protest was held on St. Jacob Mawatha, Ferry Road, and Welisara.
The protesters sent back two tractors which brought garbage during the protest.
Local media stated that demonstrators raised objections to Minister John Amaratunga who visited the scene during the protest.