An advanced level student was killed and two others including a pregnant lady were injured when a high tension electricity cable fell on their house in Puttalam late this evening.
According to the Puttalam police the victim, a student of Zahira Collage in Puttalam, was visiting his friend and wife at the time the accident occurred.
The pregnant lady is said to be in critical condition and is receiving treatment at the Puttalam general hospital together with her husband. Meanwhile the Puttalam coroner, Nandana Wimalaweera, who visited the site of the incident, said that investigations revealed a television antenna at the house has fallen on the electricity cable resulting in the cable snapping and falling on top of the house.
He added that the cable was fixed on a temporary PVC pipe instead of the concrete post and that resulted in the cable collapsing on the house after the antenna fell on top of it.
The Puttalam coroner also noted that CEB engineers in the area had fixed the cable back in place even before investigations into the incident could begin and a report on this will be handed over to the Court. (Daily Mirror online)
How deplorable that a cover-up job was done and the cable fixed before investigations. Deepest sympathies to the family for the loss of a child whose life has been interrupted.
Saturday, 19 June 2010 06:19 PM
I am crying inside. Whats wrong with this country.
Sunday, 20 June 2010 05:53 AM
Hello MP's all you do is fill your stomachs, put your head out and see whats going, ppl are dying for nothing.its a shame Electrical cable kills youth. what is the Electricity board doing.they just do their duty fr 2 hours then go home.that is what they do
Sunday, 20 June 2010 08:20 AM
Tragic incident. We hear this type of things happening every day. Preventive measures should have been in right time at the place is a must.Accident cost is unbearable and cannot be rectify. Action should be taken against for the respective officers and if any contractor or whoever found responsible. Otherwise it would not be a deterrent to others as well.
Sunday, 20 June 2010 10:04 AM
My Heart goes out to the family with deep regret for their loss, but matter of the cables is most serious because of the safety issue....Rigorous actions should be taken..
Monday, 21 June 2010 03:24 AM
This happens all the time, this is the culture of Sri Lankan society and further we are supposedly buddhists. What a laugh.
Sunday, 20 June 2010 01:01 PM
This cable was fixed onto a PVC pipe, if the story is correct. This not acceptable and the construction engineer is responsible for it.
Monday, 21 June 2010 04:45 AM
How can such a dangerous thing as an electrical cable be fitted on to a PVC pole. It says 'temporary' - but for how long has this 'temporary' been? The government is bragging about the super highways, international harbours & airports, sports complexes, luxurious film complex etc. - when it cannot give the basic necessities properly, to the public.
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