Law and Order and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka has instructed IGP Pujith Jayasundara to keep the police standby to face any possible threat posed by the prevailing adverse weather conditions in the country.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Police Media Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said police personal have been deployed in many areas affected by the strong winds accompanied by pelting rain with special attention being paid to the Galle, Matara and Ambalangoda areas.
He further said train travel on the coastal railway line had been disrupted as trees had fallen across the lines while power disruptions had also been reported in several areas.
He said the police had been told to stay on full alert in order to ensure law and order was not disrupted as well as to ensure public safety. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)