The Sri Lanka Air Force, the Guardians of the skies of Sri Lanka has stepped into take a proactive role in the ongoing operations to assist the thousands of Sri Lankans affected by the prevailing inclement weather conditions.
The SLAF went into action on the morning of the 26th to reach and assist those affected in the disaster, in Colombo,Galle,Rathnapura and Kalutara. The SLAF deployed its air assets to carry out emergency rescue, medical evacuation, cargo and troop transport as well as airborne reconnaissance from the onset of the calamity.
SLAF Mi 17s , Bell 212s, Bell 412 Helicopters deployed to rescue the affected in all the areas whilst the B200 beachcraft was Airborne for continuous reconnaissance/observations over affected areas. In addition, SLAF Fire fighters, Regimental Special Force personnel and rescue teams comprising of Officers and Airmen rushed immediately to answer the clarion call for assistance in this time of need.
On the instructions of the Commander, Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathi, the Air Force also took on the task of supplying fresh and dry rations to the affected, from SLAF Base Ratmalana and SLAF Koggala, where special relief supply collection centres have been set up. The SLAF also went into action preparing and distributing fresh, cooked meals by air to those affected, again proceeding from SLAF Base Ratmalana.
The SLAF has also undertaken to responsibly deliver any supplies that well wishers may wish to provide to those in need. Such supplies may be handed over to the Air Movement Section of SLAF Base Ratmalana around the clock. While dry rations are preferred those wishing to donate prepared meals are requested to ensure that such are prepared keeping in mind the need to keep them from spoiling if there are delays in delivering them.
The point of contact for relief supplies is Flight Lieutenant Buddhika 0716776740
The SLAF also has taken a proactive role at the Disaster Management Centre coordinating air assets to where they are needed expeditiously.
Emergency contact numbers for rescue assistance from SLAF - 011 2 343 970