6 December, 2019

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Roads Turn Into Rivers, As Over 220,000 Are Displaced By Floods

Roads across the country, including in Colombo turned into rivers, leaving many killed, scores missing and thousands displaced, from landslides and floods following torrential rains across Sri Lanka.

Flood Sri LankaThe most fatal disaster was reported from Aranayake in the Central province after a landslide wiped out three villages on Wednesday, which according to unconfirmed reports may have killed at least 150, but rescue operations continued. In Wellampitiya and nearby areas, houses were submerged in water, as water levels in the dense residential area, rose as high as seven feet, owing to rising water levels from the Kelaniya river.

By late evening Wednesday, the Disaster Management Centre said that at least 37 people were confirmed dead, over 21 missing, 352,300 affected by the flood, while at least 223,680 were displaced.

Authorities disconnected electricity across Wellampitiya and Kolonnawa as a precautionary measure, however there were many complaints that the government had not being able to provide adequate assistance to rescue trapped people in flood areas, amidst reports that the Navy had used only five boats for rescue operations in and around Wellampitiya, which was not sufficient.

The Government announced that it had set aside Rs. 150 million for flood relief, while President Maithripala Sirisena urged people to make a complaint by calling the Presidential Hotline 1919 in the event a government official had not visited any of the disaster hit areas.

Trapped people from Wellampitiya turned to social media, crying for help and to be rescued, amidst allegations that despite making calls to government run disaster management centres, no help had come their way. Private organisations used boats owned privately to carry out rescue operations, in an effort to reach a larger number of civilians as the Navy had only a limited number of boats, and didn’t have the capability of reaching a larger number of people who needed rescue.Flood

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    RE: Roads Turn Into Rivers, As Over 220,000 Are Displaced By Floods

    “Trapped people from Wellampitiya turned to social media, crying for help and to be rescued, amidst allegations that despite making calls to government run disaster management centres, no help had come their way. Private organisations used boats owned privately to carry out rescue operations, in an effort to reach a larger number of civilians as the Navy had only a limited number of boats, and didn’t have the capability of reaching a larger number of people who needed rescue.”

    During disaster like this everybody need to pitch in and help as best as they can. What the Govt. can do is limited, that has to be complemented by the citizens efforts. Save the people First.

    Heavy rainfall experienced during the past few days causes floods around the island. From the Air.

    Published on May 18, 2016

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWi0paj8yVQ

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      Truly frightening to see. Hope the people will be taken care of, and their homes and lives can come to some normalcy soon. Is there a link we can contribute for this effort?

      Are we New Orleans? Are we the Nile River Delta? There is no reason that Sri Lanka should flood this way. This is due to certain Lankans having offshore accounts and not paying their taxes. If the country had that due money, city and town construction would have been done more correctly, with drains, canals, and ponds to handle excess water.

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        ramona therese fernando

        It got a little worse, until the water gets to the sea, the situation will not improve. Let’s hope no more rain to make it worse. The people need to be taken care of in the meantime, until, the waters recede. They need help from the Govt a well as the people who are not affected.

        https://www.facebook.com/thiththaunathaththa/videos/570443583136434/

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        This reminder to civilians in the south they did nothing to urge their government to redress the grievances of the thousands of innocent Tamil people who were murdered ruthlessly and cruelly by chemical bombs from air and shells from land in mulliwaikal in their name seven years ago this day. They elected a government who is protecting the murderers and continuing leash state terrorism under prevention of terrorism (non state) Act which consolidates state terrorism even after destroying their homes and grabbing their land

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        To: RT Fernando

        There is every reason sri lanka should flood this way.
        It is not because of off shore accounts and not paying taxes, but because the land is openly raped through corruption and brazen theft by the politicians and their cronies.
        If the country had the money that is brazenly stolen by the political mafia then these man made disasters will not happen.
        It is the average citizen who is paying for the sins of the corrupt untill divine intervention takes its course and justice and judgement reigns supreme.
        It is truly frightening to the innocent victims, but not that frightening to the corrupt and tainted.
        We pray that it will end soon and normalcy returns to all, but the evil of corruption and dark deeds created by those concerned will continue to rear its ugly head.

        ” If thou should take thy grace away, Nothing pure in man will stay. All his good is turned to ill. “

        ” Heal our wounds, our strength renew, On our sorrows pour thy dew, Wash the stains of guilt away. “

        ” Give us comfort, Give us life, Give us joys that never end.”

        Hope the above makes sense.

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          Ignatius, you make a lot of sense.

          Over the last several months many Cabinet Ministers and others invoked rain in the country so that agriculture and electricity generation can go on. On the other hand, the Bible says simply that God gives rain in its season so that the land may yield a rich harvest to feed the people. The Lord God does give comfort and life (Menuha and Shalom peace) but if you demand quick results what we get from powers other than the God of creation may be somewhat different, to say the least.

          We have also seen our many senior political leaders breaking coconuts (an utter waste of the fruit of the land) to invoke curses on their political opponents, who they say are their enemies. Psalm 109, verses 17 and 18 says, “As he loved cursing so let it come to him. As he did not delight in blessing so let it be far from him. As he clothed himself with cursing as with his garment, so let it enter his body like water and like oil into his bones”.

          There is but one God: the God of creation. Call unto Him in the day of trouble and He will save you (and the nation)

          I am a Christian but I am not trying to convert anyone. All I am saying is, ask Jesus to save us from all calamities, injustice and corruption.

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            Very touching, Mr. Soysa. This is how we were until 1956 when majoritarianism and political Buddhism arrived and destroyed our racial-religious tolerant secular nation. Since then politicised Budhist priests, the army and the Police have added their own weight tom intensify the catastrophe.

            6 decades is a long enough lesson (paadama) I hope those who ruined the country will at least now realise their folly and help to unify and
            reconcile the divided country.

            Backlash

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              I was one of the Thousands of Tamils lost our homes and property by rampaging Sinhalese Goondas who set fire to Tamils Homes and Business establishments in July 1983 in Colombo and the suburbs and now after 33 Years those areas are swallowed by rain and Landslide. Nature took the revenge.God is Great.

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            To K.Soysa,

            Yes! the response by Ignatius makes a lot of sense and your response too is very touching. To those who read and understand the responses no explanation is needed. To those who do not understand no explanation is possible

            Its easy, very easy to deny the existence of the Almighty creator
            for those involved in misdeeds in their lives, but it will be very difficult to do so on their death beds.

            May God protect you and your family in these difficult times.

            ” Lord ! hear the prayers of those afflicted and let their cries come unto thee. For with thee all things are possible and without thee, none. “

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      I know many who are affected. I know nmay who are trapped.

      Response of GOSL is way too slow, lethargic & inefficient.

      The nation flooded with multi-million luxury vehicles for useless polticians is struggling to find enough boats to rescue the people.

      The DMC website is bloody awful. Looks like an amatuer school project.

      I am sure the 10+ ministers in-charge of disaster relief are running around in massive 4WD Jeeps. Doing precious nothing. Pretending to be busy.

      Cheers!

      PS:
      Ceasing the opportunity, defeated King & his bitter, cunning, criminal cronies have already begun fishing in troubled waters.

      The official opposition is utterly invisible in this terrible landscape. Please report, if you happen to spot any of them.

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        Ben Hurling

        These are man made disasters in the name of development and progress. The missing phrase is sustainable development.

        MR is praised (day and night) for building roads through out the country.

        Little did the bureaucrats, ministers, planners, road builders realised how these roads were going change nature and tilt the equilibrium, not to mention the corruption and “what is in it for me” attitude.

        Do you know why the state allow imports of Gas guzzlers?

        Could you have a word or two with the official MR’s b***s carrier
        KASmaalam K A Sumanasekere about the vices of building highways without proper concerns for environment.

        Hope you do.

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          Native,

          Take it easy.

          MR cronies are busy planing huge & long damns. Idea is to stop any flood mother nature may throw at us in the future.

          Chinese will finance them as soon as Coconut Thieves Collective swing back to power in 5 years time. They will of course be built by superb Chinese craftsmen. According to stringent Chinese environmental standards.

          Cheers!

          PS: Make sure you will be on the right side of the fence. So you can collect your cut from Basil Raja.

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            Ben Hurling

            ” Make sure you will be on the right side of the fence. So you can collect your cut from Basil Raja.”

            Did you?

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          Native Veddah,

          “Little did the bureaucrats, ministers, planners, road builders realised how these roads were going change nature and tilt the equilibrium, not to mention the corruption and “what is in it for me” attitude.”

          Didn’t you know that most of the Paras in the Land of Aethho are incompetent? They let the Paras settle in low lying river basins and wetlands.

          http://www.adrc.asia/countryreport/LKA/LKAeng98/

          Sri Lanka

          COUNTRY REPORT

          Presented by Ms. V. JEGARASASINGAM, Additional Secretary

          Ministry of Social Services, Government of Sri Lanka

          Floods

          Floods are more of a common occurrence in Sri Lanka than the other natural disasters (Annexure III, IV, V) .The water resources map of 1959 identified 103 river basins of which about 10 rivers are considered as major. Among these major rivers Kalani, Gin, Nilwala and Mahaweli are vulnerable to floods. The increase in population and subsequent need for land have forced more and more people to live and work in these vulnerable areas, thereby intensifying the risk to life and property in the event of major floods. Heavy rainfall and run off the large volume of water from the catchment areas of rivers, deforestation, improper land use and the absence of scientific soil conservation practices could be identified as the major factors for floods in Sri Lanka. Moreover with global heating due to the green house effect, topical countries are expected to get less annual rainfall, but increased rainfall intensities. The average annual rainfall ranges from 500 mm. to 800 mm. The highest rainfall of 805 mm. At Kanukken in 1897 and 508 mm. at Nedunkerni in .1911. Due to the Southwest and Northeast monsoon rains, floods occur in the Island. The districts of Kegalle, Ratnapura, Kalutara, Colombo, Gampaha and Gall are subject to floods on account of Southwest monsoon rains, while Ampara, Trincomalee, Badulla, Polonnaniwa, Batticaloa, Matale and Monaragala suffer from the Northeast rains.

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    like kuveni’s curse,this is the curse of mahinda rajapakshe for chasing him away.thank god he was not stoned and killed.

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      shankar

      On the one hand you aspire to be a developed world and on the other you moan about natural disasters.

      Highways and Nature are not compatible.

      You can’t have your cake and eat it.

      You better kick your toyboy Black and Decker out of your life and go hug a tree.

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      oops,made a mistake.sach is right,mahinda is not the culprit,it is prabha.[Edited out]

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    Feel sorry for the village buried by landslide and those killed. The photograph reminds the plight of Bangladesh which subject to extreme events more frequent than SL do.

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    This is an unprecedented tragedy. While paying homage to the dead let us pray and hope that the rest will be rehabilitated to go go back to normal life. The government should immediately organize an internationally organised fund for this purpose. Bensen

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      Bensen Berner:-

      Let us Hope that it won’t become another Tsunami Fraud!
      Where the Funds collected Internationally, did not go to Help the Afflicted, but went into the Bank Accounts of Politicians.

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      May 19th 2009 over thousands of innocent Tamils been butchered at Mullivaikkal in the Mullativu District in SriLanka and the Dead bodies been buried by the Sri Lankan Army. May 2016 The Sri lankan Army digging the bodies of those landslide victims. KARMA goes round and round.

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        May 19th it was Prabha who was shot and killed….most of the civilian deaths occured in April

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          [Edited out]

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          Over 75,000 innocent Tamil civilians butchered in the no fire zone by the MR Govt. in May of 2009 according to UN sources and this May of 2016 nature brought disaster by heavy rains and landslide burying poor Sinhalese civilians.God is Great and nature took the revenge in the Month of May.

          Karma goes round and round.

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            joseph

            as you rightly pointed out the innocent tamils killed were by the MR.

            the sinhalese who are suffering now are not responsible for that.

            the same applies to atrocities done by the LTTE.tamils are not responsible for that.no sinhalese i have met hold any grudge against tamils for that.

            your warped way of thinking is disgrace to the tamils.

            please donate generously towards this disaster.that is the only thing we can do now.no point in expressions of sympathy or disgusting comments.

            this is a natural disaster due to climate change.all over the world it is happening.gloating over that will bring the wrath of god on you.

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        Joseph De Vazz – Kotte

        “May 2016 The Sri lankan Army digging the bodies of those landslide victims. KARMA goes round and round.”

        I never understood how KARMA works. Please shed some light. I have never bothered to learn do KARMA calculation, all I knew was it was a bitch.

        “May 19th 2009 over thousands of innocent Tamils been butchered at Mullivaikkal in the Mullativu District in SriLanka and the Dead bodies been buried by the Sri Lankan Army”

        What was their KARMA that made them die such a horrible death? How did they acquire such a bad KARMA collectively in the first place?

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      Maveeran

      “[Edited out]”

      Thanks for keeping it brief.

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        [Edited out]

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          Maveeran

          “[Edited out]”

          Hoped you would have kept it briefer.

          Try next time.

          Just state your name. That is more than enough.

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    Maybe, in the highway building ‘spree’, culverts and causeways have been omitted or blocked, thereby preventing drainage of storm water.
    This could be the cause of flooded roads.
    In most countries, the army assists providing manpower in severely affected areas.
    This could be done in Sri Lanka.

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    Heart breaking to see people suffering.

    Years back, in our younger days, there were heavy non-stop rains days on but no much flooding. Those days we had more forest cover, and leaves and twigs to hold the excess water. But now a days, they are cutting down trees, when its rains, all water runs down, and floods all over. Now, it’s high time to start planting trees, and for greater extent, it would contribute to control the flooding.

    It all man made. The climate change also a big factor for the unpredictable weather patterns owning to the huge CO2 emission from the automobiles, factories, burning of fossil fuels for power generation etc.

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    Sri Lanka floods: situation under control, says government!

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    Chedi.

    Sri Lanka floods:situation under control,says government!

    Its a typo; not has not been typed!

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