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Furnace oil from tanks at the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery has overflowed following heavy rain and is threatening the Kelani River.

If the oil reaches the river it will affect water distribution from the Ambathale and Biyagama water treatment plants.

The Sri Lanka Navy and Coast Guard have been deployed to skim the furnace oil from the flood waters and prevent a further spread.

The Navy said that the Heiyanthuduwa area in Sapugaskanda has been flooded due to heavy rains and there is a risk of the furnace oil mixed with water in the Sapugaskanda area drifting into the Kelani River through the Pattivila canal.

Steps are being taken by the Navy and Coast Guard to place a floating boom to prevent a further spread of furnace oil and use an oil skimmer to prevent the oil from reaching the Kelani River. (EASWARAN RUTNAM)

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  • RoaringCreek Saturday, 05 June 2021 08:33 AM

    What a bunch of jokers, I mean the environmental jokers. They come on TV and say they have booms to stop the old spill from the sicken ship. In reality they can not even control an inland old seep in a canal.

    Ara Saturday, 05 June 2021 09:03 AM

    Omg! Whats going on? This country is now full of cause!

    DilPerera Saturday, 05 June 2021 11:18 AM

    Something missing here. How was the furnace oil got out from the tanks? Oil can't overflow from tanks due to rain.

    Simon Saturday, 05 June 2021 12:07 PM

    Saa-pe is getting worse by the day.


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