Train Stop

All rail services on the southern coastal belt and the upcountry service have been discontinued indefinitely after an early morning tidal wave wrecked havoc on Sri Lanka’s shore line. All rail services on the southern coastal belt and the upcountry service have been discontinued indefinitely after an early morning tidal wave wrecked havoc on Sri Lanka’s shore line. Maradana Railway Station officials told Lanka Business Online on Sunday evening that some rail tracks on the southern line had been damaged or washed off while chunks of what were once homes and beachside restaurants lay on the remaining track right up to its last service point in Matara.

It is estimated the cleanup alone, along the southern coastal belt will take at least two to three days if another tide does not hit the region again.

Meanwhile, officials say the Kelaniya Bridge, the only exit for east and north bound trains out of Colombo taking them to destinations in the Central and North Central provinces has been damaged.

Officials say, the bridge looks very unstable and that services were unlikely to commence until a full assessment was done.

A full investigation into the safety of the bridge w