Gale force winds

Published : 9:49 am  December 7, 2017 | No comments so far |  |  (165) reads | 

uproot century-old trees

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By Nabeela Hussain   

The century-long lives of many Mara trees were cut short when gale force winds accompanied with heavy showers reached the Western and Southern provinces of the country last week. 


A luxury in urbanised Colombo, the trees faced the wrath of adverse weather, many of which were uprooted across the city. 


Even though the slow process of clearing up these giant trees began immediately after the weather quietened, the cleanup has been slower than usual due to the sheer number of trees which fell prey to weather. 


Municipality officers said they received at least 300 complaints over the past week, an avalanche compared to the 100-150 complaints they receive about trees each month. 


While most areas of the city have been cleared of fallen trees thus ensuring smooth vehicular movement, the process has progressed at a snail’s pace in some areas. 

 


“We only have two teams and the number of complaints is too much for us to clear by ourselves. We don’t have necessary vehicles such as tipper trucks that can be used to remove the trees lying across streets,”


“We only have two teams and the number of complaints is too much for us to clear by ourselves. We don’t have necessary vehicles such as tipper trucks that can be used to remove the trees lying across streets,” said Dhammika Jayawardena, Directress of the Department of Lands and Environmental Development. 


Speaking to Daily Mirror, Mrs. Jayawardena said high-ranking officials had given the green light to hire tipper trucks to ease the process. 


“It is a disaster situation where the trees are concerned. Many of the trees which were uprooted were Mara trees. They have a life span of about 100-200 years. They maybe old but they are sturdy,” she said.  When inquired about the areas affected by uprooted trees, Mrs. Jayawardena said Colombo 7 was the most affected area, and that at least 15-20 trees inside the Viharamahadevi  Park were uprooted due to the adverse weather.   

 

 

 

 


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