21 October, 2020

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At Least 58 Dead, 144 Missing And Over 420,000 Affected Amidst Cyclone Warning

As rescue operations continued and amidst a warning of a cyclone to hit Sri Lanka, at least 58 people were killed, another 144 were missing, and over 420,000 were affected from the floods and landslides across the country, following torrential rains, the worst since 1992.

The situation didn’t show signs of improving, with the Meteorology Department issuing a warning of a possibility of heavy rain between 100mm to 150mm over the next 24 hours in certain parts of the country, which could lead to disastrous consequences if the water levels in the Kelaniya River continued to rise, which could leave thousands more destitute and even affect the country’s water and electricity supply.JVP Flood support 2016

Hope also ran out for at least 134 people who went missing after the landslide in Aranayake, Kegalle which buried three villages on Tuesday. A military official said that he feared the missing 134 could be dead. During rescue operations, only some 16 bodies were recovered, and the rescue operations had to be halted as rains continued and warnings were issued of more landslides.

As rescue operations continues across several flood afflicted districts including in Colombo, the international community also came forward extending their assistance to Sri Lanka. At a meeting on Thursday afternoon between Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Disaster Management Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne, the Heads of Diplomatic missions in Sri Lanka had assured their assistance to the government and the victims.

The Education Ministry also ordered all schools in the country to be closed on Friday on account of the inclement weather.

Meanwhile, amidst allegations that only a limited number of boats were used by the Navy to carry out rescue missions in Colombo such as Wellampitiya and other affected areas, President Maithripala Sirisena ordered the Navy to deploy more boats and rescue people who are currently stranded in areas which are currently flooded. Sirisena also called on health authorities to be mindful of the possible outbreak of waterborne diseases, and instructed authorities to take necessary measure to prevent and ensure such an outbreak will not get out of hand.

Meanwhile Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe urged everyone to join hands, as teamwork was what Sri Lanka needed at this time. He also assured that the military and the police will be deployed across all affected areas, to safeguard the belongings of the victims who have being evacuated due to floods and landslides. (By Munza Mushtaq © Colombo Telegraph)

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    thoughts and prayers with the affected but it’s good opportunity to beg for money from Japan and west.

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      Indeed.

      World Class Beggars aka Sri Lanka’s ruling scoundrel from SLFP & UNP have sprung into action again, it seems. They are as usual busy coordinating begging bowl meetings with well-to-do capitals around the world. Once again!

      70 years after Independence. After that massive Tsunami one would have imagined, even the dumbest nation on earth would have managed to put together an effective disaster management system.

      Alas, but, not in this country. Just have a look at the DMC webiste you will realize what I mean. It is all chaotic & knee-jerk style responses.

      Don’t forget GOSL has allocated a whopping LKR 150 million to the impoverished citizens in urgent trouble. A big chunk of that will end up as kickbacks from dry rations, lunch packets & water bottles. In the pockets of the Minister & his cronies involved.

      Cheers!

      PS:
      Silver lining is Sri Lanka’s soldiers, Police and private citizens, who have born the brunt of the help effort so far. As always. I salute them.

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        Ben.
        Reminds me of Ediriweera Sarathchandra’s Book ” With the Begging Bowl “.
        Cheers.
        V.

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        Ben Hurling,
        This is what I expect from an uneducated “cretin” like you. Stop showing your idiocy by trying to tarnish my country and its people. Find some thing useful to occupy yourself or go [Edited out] yourself.

        People are mourning and trying to support victims. You do not fall into that category.

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          Gamunu,

          “Stop showing your idiocy by trying to tarnish my country and its people”

          Hahaha!

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            [Edited out]

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        ben

        “Don’t forget GOSL has allocated a whopping LKR 150 million to the impoverished citizens in urgent trouble.”

        and only a measely 600 mln for 2 bombproof cars for the PM.

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          Shankar,

          GOSL has always been strapped for cash when it comes to needs of its stupid citizens. Go to a public hospital, you will see. To fill the gap they always go begging to wealthy capitals. They see no shame in that.

          However, the ruling scoundrel from SLFP & UNP have been bathing in latest automobile models, luxurious state housing, generous allowances & other endless perks since 1948. For themselves.

          The real tragedy is though, the stupid citizenry is quite happy with that. As long as they can help themselves to a few bread crumbs from the table. Every now and then.

          Cheers!

          PS:
          No elected official should be given gas guzzling, exclusive 4WD Jeeps. Hated by any citizen with a brain.

          Those who need a vehicle to do their job as legislators should have access to eco-friendly hybrid or battery driven cars of reasonable comfort. Period.

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        Shame, Gifted with vast resources yet poor. No proper guidance for the mass since last kings. Surrounded by sea but fish is sold in EU prices. Export quality tea for “Suddha” and drink dust tea. Borrow massive loans and do stupid infrastructures. Brag about Buddha but live like Ganasara. Actors thugs, deal makers get voted for “bath packet and gal bagea” and the rationales ignored. Organized criminals spend hours in hospital and get bailed, and the local “kassipu” two bottles get jailed also the big Kassipu businessmen get awards from government. Lacking of a strong leadership and played by international corporations. Export housemaids, import “lunu gediya” to “sarama”. Do I need to continue?

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          Sanjaya,

          Be careful now.

          According to Gamunu above you need to “stop showing your idiocy by trying to tarnish his country and its people”.

          Cheers!

          PS:
          I agree with you 110% though.

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      What Happened to the Tsunami funds?

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        In the pockets of Chandrika and MR.

    • 0
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      over 100, 000 Tamil civilians killed in May of 2009. Thousands of Missing persons still unaccounted in the war of May 2009.

  • 5
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    Ben Hurling:-
    “After that massive Tsunami one would have imagined, even the dumbest nation on earth would have managed to put together an effective disaster management system.”

    The Politicians of the ‘Dumbest Nation’ are too busy Blaming each other, and Karma, to do anything more constructive.

    Development has to Progress in line with Concerns for the Environment, not for the Glorification of Individuals.

    e.g. “I am Ozymandias, King of Kings, Look on my Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair” whose ‘Works’ now stand as Ruins in the Middle of a Desert!

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    Our hearts go out to our people during this national disaster. Our sympathies and condolences to families who have lost loved ones, homes, their priced possessions, property and their livelihoods. It’s time to dock all the salaries and perks from our politicians and contribute all of these expenses to charity. The CB governor and bond horra must be salivating to issue new bonds in the ruse of re-rebuild the country and to mastermind his next day light robbery. His henchmen and brat Arjun Aloysius must be elated. May be another trillion Rupee robbery will make a good nest egg for these Singaporean criminals.

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    My heart goes out to the victims!!!Love and Prayers to all who have been affected!

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      Usha.

      News from the old country is that the official opposition, the TNA is missing in action. If correct, then an opportunity lost, no ?

      Cheers.

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      This is compassion. This is the milk of kindness coming from a lady
      who fights for reconciliation, peace and unity in Sri Lanka. It is sad
      she is called a Tigress and various other unkind names.

      Kettikaran

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      No one Prayed for the innocent Thousands of Tamil civilians massacred by the MR Govt. in May of 2009.

  • 0
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    nothing to worry because PM can sort it now because he can travel safely in his 2 bombproof cars costing 600 mln..however the proof is in the pudding they say.

  • 1
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    The best investment for SL is in the begging bowl. Only thing Tamils may equally
    Share may be the show, make and ownership of the bowl only. Not the ownership for things coming in there.

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    SADLY…Sirs its 3 days late…the rain water didnt do much damage in colombo n suburbs…but due to releasing water without informing people that led to suffering..before the govt decided to help…THE ORDINARY FOLKS..did a yeoman service of providing food n necesseties and even providing water transport to take those people who were marooned to safety….irrespective of religion race or caste….but based on humanity….sad to note the govt was SITTING..while people were suffering…our hearts r with you all…

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    One more time to reflect on the vain boast of Gotabaya and the thieving Rajapakses they have made Colombo a great city. Equally to be blamed are those noisy, uneducated rogues in the CMC lead by that inveterate gambler Mayor Muzzamil. Thanks to these “leaders” the poorest of the poor in the banks of the Kelani Ganga in Grandpass, Kolonnawa, Wellampitiya are today in this wretched condition. This is not the first time this is happening. What have the CMC and the Rajapakses done about saving these very poor people. What has Thondaman in power for over a decade done to save his people from areas in the Central Hills vulnerable to landslides. As they say in Sinhala “mungta hena ganda one” (Lightning must strike and destroy these rogues)

    A.D.J. Perera

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    We inherited the canals built by the Dutch to control control floods. We should get their help to maintain the canals. Considering the high inefficiencies in government organizations, it is preferable to hand over the maintenance to the Navy or an affiliated organization.

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    Remember the tsunami of 2004 – Help in everyway possible but don’t help “helping hambantota” or else he will be back!

  • 0
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    I salute those who are helping the victims – the civilians mostly and begrudgingly the politicians.

    If we had good and honest politicians Sri Lanka will not be what it is now. It could have been paradise. We would have been ready for such a disaster, instead of looking for help from overseas.

    When the help does arrive, you can be sure, the politician vultures will have a feast.

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