1 November, 2020

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Hats Off To Our WhatsApp Warriors

Hilmy Ahamed

Hilmy Ahamed

By Hilmy Ahamed

The floods in Sri Lanka have brought out the best in social media. Whatsapp and Facebook were used extensively to save lives and mobilize relief. An unprecedented initiative indeed, in this age when parents are concerned about the negative impact of social media on their children. Facebook in fact had initiated a post that confirmed the safety of Facebook members and or whether needed any support. Our own “PICK ME” service included boat rescue, a service provided free of charge by the Navy to evacuate stranded people. The value of Internet and communication technologies was showcased to its best in this time of disaster. With more mobile phones than our population, there is hope that these technologies could be further used in disaster management, education and development.

Rescue and relief operations were undertaken by individuals and groups, using WhatsApp including directing rescue boats to save lives. Thousands of rice parcels were directed to the needy using this modern wonder. Messages from groups included total strangers offering to reload mobile phone credit of volunteers in the field, confirming the importance of these social media phenomena.

Broadcast media, as usual came forward to support relief and were able to mobilize collection of mass scale relief supplies, but it is the social media that was in the forefront in providing immediate relief and saving lives.facebook-whatsapp

Sri Lankans as a people are generous. We heard wonderful stories of even beggars emptying shelves of supermarkets of food and other relief items using their savings in support of the Tsunami victims in the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004.

Where is the Government in all this? Of course as usual the tri-forces and the Police were the real Heroes who were in the forefront of relief and saving lives from day one, but where is the Government administration? The President gave the 1919 number to speak to him directly, if relief by the Government was not reaching the victims, but we saw no evidence of the public service nor our politicians getting their feet wet and standing in the waters to direct relief operations for well over 48 hours since disaster struck. One of the main complaints of the people was that none of their elected representatives were to be seen. They probably waited for the President or the Prime Minister to visit the affected areas so that they could have their picture taken to use during their next election campaign. The Government continued with their media blitz and announced that they would provide whatever relief was necessary, but there was limited action. It is time that the Government took control of the situation and got down to providing the much-needed support to these unfortunate victims of flood and landslides.

With the flood waters receding, there would be a great need to support the resettlement of those whose houses have been damaged, provide clothing, basic furniture and other domestic needs. While the government mechanism may provide basic compensation, the demand would be much greater, and benevolent donors will come forward to support this.

The tri-forces who have been working tirelessly need to be enlisted to continue their dedicated service to resettle the affected population. They have the manpower, skills and the machinery to undertake the resettlement professionally. They can be supported by the thousands of volunteers who are standing by to assist to the best of their ability to get these people back to their normal lives.

There would be many groups who would now start their own fund raising initiatives, and regretfully compete to gain a greater share. This will lead to friction between the people who worked tirelessly as a team in the field, providing for the people from the onset of this emergency. To address this, there will be a need to streamline fundraising by various groups and individuals. There could also be confidence tricksters and opportunists at work as we saw in the Tsunami tragedy. Bleeding hearts are ever ready to dole out their last cent to support fellow humans who are affected by the recent tragedy, yet it is important that not one cent of the donations are abused by unscrupulous elements who would make capital out of the misery of our fellow Sri Lankans affected by the floods and landslides.

This leads us to also question the social media groups too, who may be on a noble cause, but are they accountable to anyone? Are their donations and accounts scrutinized by any? Will they report their income and expenditure to their donors? While, they provide a yeoman service, they should not become suspect. The authorities need to work with these social media Heroes to streamline their operations, so that their valiant efforts are not suspect.

One option would be for these social media groups to align themselves with established relief organizations and handover the fund raising responsibilities to them. Recognized organizations will have the administrative mechanisms to ensure proper audit and transparency in their operations. Failure to adhere to these may eventually brand these heroes as rougues, and all their efforts to genuinely help would be in vain.

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    Very true, the people got relief because of the quick communication that was enabled by facebook and Whatsapp. All the groups in the field relied on whatsapp to direct their support. Thank god for whatsapp

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      Bet this was an operation among the Muslims, for aid to Muslims only.

      Nice to hear about it anyway.

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        Dear Sanguine

        I can assure you, the Muslims did not discriminate against any community and the majority of the Muslim support went to non-muslims. You may check with the Buddhist temples in the affected areas.

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        Why do you want to introduce your pungent racism into something catastrophic as this situation ? I am sure that you are a key board warrior far away from Lankan shores. You do not see with your own eyes.

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        And why not ask the same question with your BBS, SR and SVV outfits including your Godfather Gota ? Where were and what were these PATRIOTIC SINHALA BUDDHIST HEROES doing for their brethren ?

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      Hilmy Ahamed –

      RE: Hats Off To Our WhatsApp Warriors

      Thanks for highlighting the Real Heroes, the Real Warriors who were at the scene of the disaster and helping the Victims.

      “Where is the Government in all this? Of course as usual the tri-forces and the Police were the real Heroes who were in the forefront of relief and saving lives from day one, but where is the Government administration? The President gave the 1919 number to speak to him directly, if relief by the Government was not reaching the victims, but we saw no evidence of the public service nor our politicians getting their feet wet and standing in the waters to direct relief operations for well over 48 hours since disaster struck.”

      Yes. The social media really helped, but it was the will of the people who wanted to help and the real warriors that made the difference.

      “With the flood waters receding, there would be a great need to support the resettlement of those whose houses have been damaged, provide clothing, basic furniture and other domestic needs. While the government mechanism may provide basic compensation, the demand would be much greater, and benevolent donors will come forward to support this.”

      Yes. The victims need all the help they can get from the Govt. and all others, to get back on theit feet and move on.

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      Hilmy Ahamed

      We have Double Standards here. It is discrimination against the poor. We see discrimination against the minorities, discriminating against the women etc.

      Is this the Democatic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka? “We the People?..”

      “The heavens poured and atlas shrugged” Says the Times..

      “The sheer ineptitude of the Government in bringing relief and redress to the affected people is one facet of the problem. This was the recurring theme throughout the country as the displaced wailed before television cameras that they had not been helped by government agencies. No doubt, there were determined and selfless government servants who devoted themselves to the arduous task of flood relief but the stern commitment shown by the Government itself as an entity was certainly lacking.”

      Discrimination between the poor and the affluent
      But in the years following this decision, even that bare judicial and environmental review of development projects went by the board. The impact of the Mundy decision on Sri Lanka’s political leadership, in so far as preventing ill planned development projects, has been negligible. This has ramifications for proposed expressways as well, including the Kandy-Colombo Expressway. A continuing failure to satisfy environmental safeguards presents a nightmare scenario of environmental devastation far worse than what was experienced in May.

      This accentuates the profound discrimination that we saw a few days ago between the poor left stranded on the top of their houses, clutching pitifully meager belongings and the affluent. While the more privileged enjoy expressways should the less privileged be left to suffer such fates due to corporate and political greed ?

      These are questions that should reflectively occupy our minds, quite apart from reaching out to the affected through relief provisions. And parliamentarians may perhaps refrain from hilarity when addressing this calamity which afflicted the country in these generally serene Vesak weeks. Surely this is the minimum that Sri Lankans should forcefully demand.

      http://www.sundaytimes.lk/160522/columns/the-heavens-poured-and-atlas-shrugged-194529.html

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    Many groups are using whatsapp are cheating innocent people and taking their money. Government must act.

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    Comrade Hilmy,
    Great article in giving our brothers and sisters credit in the forces who are in the rescue operations offering genuine help empowered with technology and mass media. The same technology should be used to oust the present day political rot, their henchmen by holding politicians and civil servants accountable and responsible for any mismanagement or failures. A people’s revolution must follow to take back our country from crooks and win back the rights of our people. A government that does not serve the people should be ejected from power by mass revolt than wait for the next election. Enough is enough!

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      Deshapremiya? Deshadrohiya?

      Being a[Edited out] of MARA you must be very impatient now to overthrow this government with majority mandate of people. Dream on sucker but your Mara and the gang will end up in jail.

      And if you are not the assumed type, well, then it is a long procedure to restore good governance practices in the country which is not achievable by mere revolution pillow changing.

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        Aho Silva, am I the “deshadrohiya” with a named like “Silva”? Wasn’t it drohiay’s that succored up to the Portuguese in return for anything Portuguese imperialist offered in return for accepting Christianity? You would have even sold your own mothers, daughters and sisters for what was on offer if one could sell Sinhalese and minorities that defended our country. Those advocates of Yahapalanaya are the ones who tried to celebrate the Portugese arrival and their cursed reign a few years back, remember? Silva, get your facts before insulting others who stand for justice and fair play irrespective of age, gender, race, religion, language, social status or political allegiance? The very ‘Yahapalanaya’ bandits were in the opposition for a decade and only helped another criminal family to ransack our country. Silva, look at yourself in the mirror and you might see a “deshadrohiya’s” that defend criminals whether it is Mahinda or Maithri.

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          Deshapremiya (Hotugamiya!),

          Being presented with two options and given the fucked up nature of your foreigners-allergic hysterical mental process you put on the cap of deshadrohiya! So you think it is the name and not the facts that make up a simple human being. Do you know even JVPers had pasted unto themselves your fuckingly wilambeetha deshapremi urula name while they were on a rampage of killing, arsoning, looting, ruining the lives of thousands of young people and upsetting the applecart? Why do you get so fuckingly reactive and upset about the name of a person? It is just a name like A, B or C. And by the way why the fuck did you adopt such a meaningless, divisive, trouble creating and stupid name like Deshapremiya no one can love the soil, country or the earth except that they pretend so and in the meantime get cover up under the emotional content of the name to engage in mischievous, roguish and deceptive activities whereas Silva is just a neutral name like ABC without any emotional content. It does not arouse any reaction in the hearer except in those like you kalawaddas because you are suffering from xenophobia syndrome. And by the way it is those foreigners to whom you are so allergic who have given you civility, decency, religion and the fucking label called Sinhala. Read your own fucking history books to find out what a third class person you are: you stole your religion from Indian Buddha, your nation got fucked up from Indian Wijaya and most recently you got two ships-full of disaster relief commodities from those you so call Shivas, Portuguese, imperialists, Christians bla bla bla! Don’t waste time with me but run to the airport and stage your protest campaign against the Aliens and demand the return of the food piles! Just get lost loser. Even your incessantly hyped name Deshapremiya too does not belong to you because no one gives a name like Deshapremiya to one’s child and therefore you have appeared here using a stolen name to post rubbish comment free of charge!

          I give you yet another chance to disown above comments from me provided you desist from continuing the dialogue along those meaningless lines. What I wanted to tell was that talking to revolt and change the government is not the solution. I agree that even it be Mahinda, Maithree, RW or anybody they must not be allowed to cover up the billions of rupees stolen from the national wealth of the country. The civil society must rise up and relentlessly demand the recovery of stolen wealth, assets and culprits, murderers and robbers be dealt with the maximum punishment of law so as to teach a lesson to the would be offenders.

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            Aho Silva,
            Never did I expect to find a raving lunatic like you. We are getting the Mulleriyawa base hospital cleaned up. I have made sure that a bed and your pills are await your arrival. I do not need to disown my words or to prove my social status because your derogatory language has already proven yours and your fragile mental status. Good luck in the flood relief and rescue efforts. Keep your head above the water because relief supplies that we deliver don;t come with any discrimination or a Christian cross or bible or any stings attached with an ulterior motive. Help yourself to our handouts although your prescribed insanity tablets are only for picked up.

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    “”Of course as usual the tri-forces and the Police were the real Heroes who were in the forefront of relief and saving lives from day one, but where is the Government administration?””

    you got what you voted for as at pakistan. So why are you grumbling??
    The same thing happens in the USA- bush or hussain. politics is for the rich and they know only the rich mans soup.

    “We heard wonderful stories of even beggars emptying shelves of supermarkets of food and other relief items using their savings in support of the Tsunami victims in the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004.”

    I don’t know about beggars but the largest came from UK and British white school kids broke their tills. Tsunami hora lankave;))))

    you have not asked what the Sinhala and muslim community established in the west is doing??

    anyway nice for the running commentary.

    Whats App will start charging very soon as they have done in the west.Skype Audiovideo is still free and its possible many things except pay for phone calls and text to outside skype.Internet charges apply but if individuals (the ones who can afford internet fee) zone it out for free as in the west- wireless. Voila. The Chinese have QQ for free.

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      What a ramble !!!

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        Oh depressed One,
        if you have nothing to say don’t say it!

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    Talking about Apps, that sweet looking chick spruiking her collection of goodies for our flood affected Dalits, was fascinating.

    Specially with her waving that IPhone ..

    Her English Sinhalese hybrid conversation was a bit too much , But at least she was collecting undies and even sanitary pads for our dalits, which is great.

    But those Politikkas with those fluorescent Floaties. coming in boats with camera crews, were disgusting to watch, when the poor dalits were wading through flood waters bare feet, and their sarongs and skirts lifted up.

    The shouting and cursing at those half witted politikkas by the irate victims, was a breath of fresh air, even under those miserable conditions.

    I really enjoyed watching that silly looking Wahabi polikka who must be the biggest opportunist to trod on our future Fedderal Land getting booed and cursed by Hilmy’s own, although I couldn’t understand their dialect.

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      KA Sumanasekeraya,

      And in the meantime your sugar daddy Mara was crying there was no enough monks in the country so that he could frequent and show up his dustbin mouth.

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    I personally experienced this wonder during relief work during the first few days of the floods. The author is absolutely correct about the usefulness of social media. I also agree that this is being abused. There are lots of social media groups collecting money claiming many noble causes, by I am sure they are absolute thieves. I know of a group which generates funds on a daily basis and the administrator of the group has bought luxuary vehicles and property. Another who uses social media to hoodwink is a wife thieving provincial politician who has become a billionire overnight using sirasa and social media to portray him as the savior of the muslims

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    Indeed, we must express our gratitude to the members of our Armed Forces who have worked day and night and are continuing to do so to assist the victims of this disaster. But we must also not forget the untiring efforts of the general public who rose magnificently to the occasion – spontaneously and without waiting for political leadership or notifications on social media.

    However, while acknowledging the initiatives of the WhatsApp Warriors, we should remind ourselves of the crucial role played by the many WhatsApp Warriors in the regime-change operation orchestrated by the West which has resulted in changing one group of crooks for another who are more pliable to the dictates of their Western – Indian masters.

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    Last year certain areas of India suffered floods and this year they were ready with truck-loads of boats parked beside the roads when the rains began down pouring. And that is how a nation learns from experience and suffering.

    I wonder what lessons our country will learn from current plight. I would like to propose few ideas for those interested in devising strategies and plans to minimize floods gather disaster data and deliver relief.

    I opine floods in Colombo and around is due to insufficient width of Kelani River at flooding areas to handle the increased volume of water coming from higher elevations of the catchment area. The solution options available are raising the height of the retention dams along either side of the river with suitably wide and strong dams. But this also carries a risk of breach water retention outside the dam. But this is one of the components of an integrated plan. The water collected within Colombo city could be carried to sea through alternative vent canals connected to existing canal system. May be the base of the proposed new roads could be used as concrete canals to drain rain water. If pumps are used elevation would not be a problem. However if gravity is used sewerage water would get into the system causing foul odor issues. But that depends on the location and catchment. We could also use this base as a road when it is not raining and if pumps are deployed. But I don’t know if pumps can cope up with the volume of rain water. We could try to reduce the resistance of the river to water flow by straightening the river course around Colombo by cutting and directing the river straight through the bends. This project could be included in a road and transportation project under Megapolice where the proposed raised two dams on both sides of the river are used as roads connecting Colombo with the road network of the country. Depending on how practical it is on engineering and implementing scale, we could give the river more width, may be 20 feet, and erect a reinforced dam from a suitable depth which is deeper than the current depth of the river which would guarantee that the dam would not get eroded from underneath provided however that no more sand mining. The increased width of river give more volume to the river to fast discharge it’s water to the sea. The land acquisition too would be cheap because there are lesser constructions along the banks, land value is less and most importantly everybody would want to be safe against floods. The “cutting of the river mouth” is a topic often people talk of when it floods. However with the increased volume of water and resultant ferocity of the currents I don’t think it is possible to deploy safely machinery and manpower to engage in such a task without risking the lives and machinery. I propose to erect deep underground rcc columns on both side of the river so that machinery can be secured against them when carrying out operations at the river mouth. I think the sand pumping machine may be used to remove sand if required. The side of this dam could hold all backbone telecommunication, water, sewerage etc. lines. The sewerage line would enable Keeping River waters clean by providing a route channel to a purification plant to the sewerage discharges. A recreational boat service, pleasure/passenger/cargo cable line system, water transportation system etc. are added possibilities and opportunities this concept can provide us with. Then along these dams two roads would ease the traffic congestion in Colombo. In US they are talking about Hyperloop and transit city designs where housing schemes are located near the passenger transportation lines to minimize waste of time and resources and maximize efficiency. So if possible we must embrace these new trends without wasting time. This project would give diversity, value, depth and beauty to Megapolice project. Since this type of nasty weather is going to be a permanent feature in the future landscape of the world given the manmade imbalance of natural carbon signature in the world by burning more and more fossil fuels and resultant greenhouse effect and polar ice leaching into dynamic atmosphere and aggravated by sea level rise this proposal would be a must for urgent deliberation, consideration and implementation. The future buildings and structures in Colombo and low lying elsewhere in the country would have to allow room and building strength for sea level rise in the long years to come. Now all these projects would have to be synchronous in planning and construction, at least the dam and the road and sea level rise considerations. As I said this is only part of an integrated solution to floods. The lonely dam alone is not sufficient. We have to consider options of limiting the water added to the Kelani River by channeling the by-streams to the sea by alternative/manmade streams/canals. This would include building a dam across the Kelani River to divert the water while letting some to continue down the usual course.

    The other aspect is victim data gathering and relief work co-ordination and implementation. Today we have technology and infrastructure. Every telecom service provider must be made to allow anyone free unlimited access to certain government institutions, police etc. so that they can 24/7 communicate SOS, make emergency calls, obtain weather reports (not from our useless Meteorological Dept.!”) etc. The video footages of the current floods and disasters are an invaluable resource of information and data in preparing our future plans and they must be the drawing boards upon which plans for the future are made. Before the next disaster strike we can gather all the information of the likely victims and structures GS division-wise, the possible locations of safety camps, who goes to what safe house, who would be in charge and provide relief material, how many infants, children, men, women, elderly, sick etc. are there (the computerized electoral list would provide considerable information), whether the location passable, whether it is boats or special army vehicles that can reach them and rescue or make deliveries to them etc. And such an organized plan could even enable rescuing/caring for animals and pets as well! It is sad to note that some of the telephone numbers provided to co-ordinate disaster management failed even to answer the calls. One bugger in the disaster management number hung up the phone when tried to contact. A method must be devised to utilize the services of government servants who are swallowing tax payers’ money without discharging any duty. Cell phones, GPS locationing, internet, various Apps and facebood, aerial photography, comprised electoral lists, Grama Seva officers including Government Agents etc., Tri-Forces and the Police, weather forecasters, computer programmers etc. have a major role to play in designing a successful relief mechanism and the government must lead and facilitate such an endeavor a reality with the support of the civil society and the international resource contributors. May be there could be an audited public government account number to which donors would transfer, SMS or deposit money to extend their support to the government’s relief efforts. May be the government’s Disaster Management Web would give the numbers of victims, their requirements, funds available, goods received and required etc. along with the videos depicting the extent of the disaster. The drone technology has advanced in leaps and bounces and we could request US etc. to provide us with drones and related technology, if we cannot make our own, to gather close range videos and information about the situation. They have even developed drones which are capable of making deliveries and we could utilize it to deliver urgent medicines etc.-who knows!

    So when the signs of next flood manifest itself let’s hope those responsible armed with technological knowhow, weather forecast and previous data would approach their computers, open disaster management file and begin to liaise, communicate and co-ordinate with the rescue and relief teams so that their presence is felt, their obligation to the country is fulfilled and what is needed reaches where it is needed from landslide victim to flood victim. Such a nucleus plan would enable it to be modified and extended to other areas as well should the need arises.

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    In my previous post I forgot to mention an idea I have regarding landslides. It may be that human activities may have increased the risk of landslides. However these innocent and usually poor people are shedding sweats and making their valuable contribution to the country in the plantation sector. One thing we can do is, permitting suitable location, feasibility and sustainability, to bulldoze the entire landslide prone hill to make it flat demarcating the periphery against further landslide and erosion using the rocks removed from the top of the rock and then erect settlement for the workers/residents. A cable transportation system could be installed to travel safely and fast from house to estates for work.

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      Nadu floods were due to induced poor water management or it would not have occurred.Go check.

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    I can vouch for what Hilmy has written because I spent two days in the flood affected areas. The Muslims supplied all the cooked food and assisted with large amounts of sanitary requirements and drinking water. By the time we Sinhalese started thinking of assisting these guys were in the field. One of these guys told me that he had not gone home for three days. I had a long chat with him as he took us on their delivery boat. They were unloading large quantity of goods in Temples and I was infact shocked at their genorosity. I spoke to our Hamudurowo and he was relating heart rendering stories of how the Muslims have helped. He even went to the extent of saying he was ashamed of the Buddhists. He said, most of the Buddhist would have drowned or starved to death if not for these brave Muslims. I have never liked Muslims because I thought they were selfish, but after what I saw in flood relief, I only wish that I was born a Muslim.

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      Surendra Perera

      ” I spoke to our Hamudurowo and he was relating heart rendering stories of how the Muslims have helped. He even went to the extent of saying he was ashamed of the Buddhists. He said, most of the Buddhist would have drowned or starved to death if not for these brave Muslims. I have never liked Muslims because I thought they were selfish, but after what I saw in flood relief, I only wish that I was born a Muslim.”

      You along with many Sinhala and Tamil people have been brainwashed negatively about the Muslims, for their own political and racial or religious self-interest. It is during such calamities, that you realize how incorrect incorrect they were, as they wanted to demonize the Muslims. The Christians have spread many negative reports and writings about the Jews for a long time, throughout history.

      Some Tamils in the CT are quick to demonize the Muslims. There were very many Muslims who saved the Tamils during the Sinhala Buddhist riots against the Tamils.

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    In another article in CT, the racist Latheef Farook brags about what the Muslims have done, but I saw no evidence of discriminatory distribution of food relief. Latheef farook may be trying to score some brownie points, but the Muslims who were out in the field were treating all as human beings and never practiced racism. Please appreciate their generous contribution when our Sinhala Buddhists were sleeping

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    “unscrupulous elements who would make capital out of the misery of our fellow Sri Lankans affected by the floods and landslides.”

    There are no unscrupulous elements Hilmy, only politicians. They are the ones who stole tsunami money. Given the chance they will do that this time as well. As long as assistance is directed to the victim, bypassing the greedy hands of the politicians, we do not need to worry.

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      The fellow who helped himself with the helping hambantota is now claiming that the current government is misusing the flood releif. Shows how much it is hurting him because he cannot fill his pocket. Why are the people keeping quiet about this scoundrel who continues to rob. The foreign ministry paid Rs.450,000 for his ticket to witness the swearing in ceromony of another african despot. Is he not stealing our money.Should Mangala resign for this blunder, even though he is doing a great job as FM

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    The authors is highlighting an important aspect of mobile communication, but unfortunately none of our mobile operators rose to the occasion to warm the public and facilitate evacuation using their mobile phone technology. Hats off to pick me for their immediate response

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      Fazeel Hussain

      “The authors is highlighting an important aspect of mobile communication, but unfortunately none of our mobile operators rose to the occasion to warm the public and facilitate evacuation using their mobile phone technology. Hats off to pick me for their immediate response “

      Yes.

      It was the USERS, The Subscribers of the services who took the initiative to help theit fellow citizens. The Operators could have pitched in when the tragedy was unfolding and the water levels kept rising to warn their subscriber base.

      The Bigger question is with the Dept. Of Meteorology. They are funded with Tax Payer Money. What are they doing? Do they have Drainage and Flood models foe the various Catchment areas of the various rivers, and the time delays in flooding in the lower areas? Why Not?

      Certainly, Sri Lanka needs to upgrade their Systems to come up with timely warnings. This should be communicated to the operators and media for information to those who have the intelligence to understand and take appropriate action.

      What the Dept. of Meteorology provides is minimal ans very basic. No predictions on the water level rise based on the rainfall in a particular catchment area. Is Sri Lanka lacking intelligent people?

      http://www.meteo.gov.lk/index.php?lang=en

      http://www.meteo.gov.lk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6&Itemid=106&lang=en

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