A tense situation prevailed in Dehiwela as a group of people block the railway line with fishing boats disrupting the train services this morning.
They urged the authorities to bring back the fishermen who went fishing from the Beruwala and other areas and caught in the strong winds.
Meanwhile Navy spokesman Kosala Warnakulasuriya said search operations are under way to rescue the missing fishermen to safety and has dispatched three ships from Colombo and Galle to resuce them.
The Air force said a Bell 412 helicopter has been deployed despite adverse weather to rescue the fishermen who went missing off Dehiwala seas.
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Comments - 27
Fact Saturday, 08 June 2013 08:14 AM
Yes true...and the slow response from coast guard and navy....where are those big mouth cheap politicians????....be proactive than reactive.....
Calistus Jayatilleke Sunday, 09 June 2013 12:10 PM
If this is the best our MET Department can do, then it is much better to employ some crows and dogs to do their work. By the way, wonder what name they are going to give to this storm: Thal Maha?
wahoo Saturday, 08 June 2013 08:21 AM
I believe these fisher folk's demands are legitimate. as a nation, we have all the resources for pageantry and not for an emergency situation... sad day for SL.
thas Saturday, 08 June 2013 08:24 AM
our met dept only worry about name of storms, nothing other than that
unchikun Sunday, 09 June 2013 03:28 AM
Special weather satellites can help forcast weather in advance to some degree of accuracy. As for the Chinasat and Lankasat only the one and only ssatellite and space engineer may have a clue.
indiraimurray Saturday, 08 June 2013 02:04 PM
Maalukaarayo kiyanne nikamda.
Jim kuru Saturday, 08 June 2013 08:42 AM
Brainless People.why can't they go to temple tree's and protest.
singing fish Saturday, 08 June 2013 02:07 PM
ONE CANNOT DO ANYTHING AGAINST NATURE'S WRATH.BETTER TO HELP THE AFFECTED FAMILIES.
Vignash subra Saturday, 08 June 2013 08:47 AM
Curse of god , because of a bad racist ruler...
Neil Saturday, 08 June 2013 02:58 PM
Navy has the boats to looking after the indian fishermen but not our people
DAW Saturday, 08 June 2013 05:14 AM
I saw this incident in the morning. I can't understand what the Railway has to do with the missing fishermen. Aren't fishermen supposed to check the weather patterns before they go out fishing? Ok as weather is unpredictable and can change, I can't understand the logic behind this protest. There was one fibreglass boat burning across the down track and a train stalled.
Rizwan Saturday, 08 June 2013 09:23 AM
that means ALWAYS BREAK DOWN.....WONDER OF ASIA.
weera Saturday, 08 June 2013 09:28 AM
Munta pissu kochi nwathane. Wena kramawedayak hoyaganda epayi.
Porky Pig Saturday, 08 June 2013 05:34 AM
This is the result of a inefficient Met Department. There were no warning last evening on strong winds. it was only after the winds had slashed they say do not go to sea. Too late and too little.
Porky Pig Saturday, 08 June 2013 05:54 AM
If the Met Department can not how can the fishermen do it. A typical pinhead.
Fair N Square Saturday, 08 June 2013 05:10 PM
All their boats are busy looking for legal migrants to Australia who choose to use the SEA...
Truth Hurts Saturday, 08 June 2013 06:04 AM
AS USUAL OUR MET DEPT ANNOUNCEMENTS COME ONLY AFTER THE EVENT!
dass Saturday, 08 June 2013 05:39 PM
Did not that Chinasat or Lankasat whatever it is foresee this disaster? at least there are some people with backbone though they are not that educated.
dass Saturday, 08 June 2013 05:44 PM
There is a simple answer to you question. Railway is mass transit and if you disrupt it more people get affected. The more people get affected the more attention you get from the government. Even though your little brain can not understand it these fisherman can.
Dilee Saturday, 08 June 2013 12:00 AM
Met. Department fails again via DM Android App
Stanley Mayadunne Saturday, 08 June 2013 06:30 AM
Blocking roads to protest against the government has become a fashion in Sri Lanka. It is high time that the government pass some legislation banning blocking of roads by protestors causing ihconvenience to the public. Protests should be restricted to one side of the road and completely blocking a road should be prohibited by law. Otherwise Sri Lankans roads will be ruled by protrestors everyday.
weha Saturday, 08 June 2013 12:00 AM
this shoes the moronic situation of the country. why cant they check the weather before going? besides what can the poor railway do about it?
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saint Sunday, 09 June 2013 02:54 PM
shaaaa how nice sri lanka mutt department!!!!!!!!... rain rain every where but our mutts no see...
panda Saturday, 08 June 2013 12:00 AM
SL Met departments always late...? May be using substandard equipments. such as food, petrol,medicine,cement, fertiliser ect.. via DM Android App
DHA Saturday, 08 June 2013 06:56 AM
This is a direct results of our cheap politicians wanting to collect a few votes through the misery of these people.......besides our outdated Met Dept has to take the full blame they never issued a direct warning......
Grace Saturday, 08 June 2013 07:05 AM
This kind of protest should not be overlooked .Because passengers' lives are put in danger.
Achcharu Saturday, 08 June 2013 07:10 AM
We need a modern and an up-to date warning system all around the island for these sort of weather pattern warning, for we all know how accurate the Met Dept is on these matters.
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