17 October, 2017

Sri Lanka Floods: Fears Rise As Rains Return And Casualties Increase

Even as the world joined hands to help Sri Lanka in its time of need, fears continued to rise amidst reports that more heavy rains were expected on Monday. The development comes as the total number of casualties increased, leaving at least 151 dead, and over 111 missing, in what is described as Sri Lanka’s worst ever floods since 2003. The floods and landslides following torrential rains have affected at least 442,000 people, and have displaced over 100,000.

But, even before waters levels receded, more warning bells were sounded today by the Meteorological Department which said that more showers were likely over the south-western part of the island from Monday onwards. “Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Central and North-Western provinces,” the department said, while adding that heavy rain falls of above 100 mm can be expected in some places and in particularly in the western slope of the central hills.

Photo via Facebook – Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Sri Lanka

Meanwhile, the National Building Research Organisation issued a ‘Level 3 Red Alert’ landslide warning this afternoon, urging residents from certain parts of Ratnapura, Kegalle, Galle, Kalutara, Matara, Hambantota and Nuwara Eliya to evacuate as even the slightest amount of rain can result in landslides.

According to the UN, flooding and landslides have affected 14 out of 25 districts including; Batticaloa, Colombo, Galle, Gampaha, Hambantota, Kalutara, Kandy, Kegalle, Matale, Matara, Mulaitivu, Ratnapura, Trincomalee and Vavuniya. “The most severely impacted district is Galle, where 128,047 people (32,215 families) have reportedly been affected. Fatalities have been reported in Gampaha, Hambantota, Kalutara, Kegalle, Matara and Ratnapura districts, with 46 deaths reported in Ratnapura alone. Tri-Forces and Police have been mobilized for Search and Rescue and evacuations operations in Galle, Hambantota, Kalutara and Matara districts. The UN stresses the importance of following evacuation orders to minimize loss of human life,” a statement released from the UN office in Colombo yesterday said.

Meanwhile, two ships carrying relief material from India arrived in Sri Lanka, to help the thousands of victims affected by the flood and landslides, while US Ambassador in Sri Lanka Atul Keshap in a tweet said that the US will send emergency assistance worth Rs. 15 million as immediate relief to those affected by the floods and landslides. The Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said that it is in touch with authorities to finalize the required relief materials for the victims of the landslides and floods, while Australia’s foreign minister said her country was ready to provide any assistance should Sri Lanka require it. China also extended humanitarian disaster relief goods worth about USD 2.2 million for the victims in Sri Lanka.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Latest comments

  • 14
    13

    This is a divine curse on racist Ganasara…it is Karma for people of all Sri Lanka people for letting the racism grow …you will see more of natural disaster corms from sky of SL…because if you do harm for any one it comes back to you . It is a natural law of this world …what goes from you comes back to you…you wanted to harm innocent people for no reason…then same ham corms to you not from people you inflicted harm .but from.sky above you ..
    Do not think people who do harm will escape punishment in this world …God gives them time so that they could do all what they want then suddenly divine punishment comes..
    Do not think that Assad of Syria will escape from punishment from God…God prolong his life so that he taste all agonies of this world and next..you see what happened to people in this world..
    Coming back to the flood …this is nothing but divine course on people.of SL..
    MS and RANI’L did not stop injustice wide spread in SL for Tamil.and Muslims and you that after wicing war of LTTE you could wipe out all minorities..
    God is greatest planner..
    You plan some thing but God plan another..
    You want wipe out minorities look God send punishment in broad day light..
    More to come and fear God ..and do not think that you all power ..you will taste death and your Soul will taste punishment for inciting hatred..

    • 4
      0

      Lankan No 1 ——————————————————————————
      Gods punishment to evil doers, like BBS, Wahhabies and theit clones from History…

      1. The Genesis flood narrative (chapters 6–9 in the Book of Genesis) is the Hebrew version of the universal flood myth.. The story tells of God’s decision to return the Earth to its pre-creation state of watery chaos and then remake it in a reversal of creation.—————————————————————————————

      2. Sodom and Gomorrah were cities mentioned in the Book of Genesis and throughout the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament and in the deuterocanonical books, as well as in the Quran and the hadith.———————————————————
      3. The German Nazis were punished.

      4. LTTE Terrorists were punished

      5. When will the BBS and Wahhabies and their clones be punished by the Almighty? Has it stated in the Land of Native Veddah Aethhoo

      • 2
        6

        Yes …I too agree with this …
        When trials come it has two dimensions..it could be for punishment or it could be for testing .in this Ganasara case. He is nasty and uncivilised..
        Uncultured..
        So it looks definitely punishment…He deserves it ..He caused tears how many people may have suffered from him.action and how many lives gone ?.

        • 5
          0

          “”When trials come it has two dimensions..it could be for punishment or it could be for testing .in this Ganasara case. “”
          Ado lubber of a maraka-le, Lankan No 1 Horse ‘n cart sipping Ginger Beer, in fact you are number two turd on the stone. Go suckle those burka bristols.

    • 8
      4

      Thank you CT for this photograph which shows a Muslim woman being carried to safety by Sinhalese youth. This puts to rest the Islamic propaganda that this floods was a divine retribution for the insulting Allah by Gnanassara. Buddhists need not worry and carry on the good work to check Islamic evil activity, as Allah is powerless.

      • 0
        6

        Remember the Month of May 2009, over 75,000 innocent Tamil civilians pushed to a corner of Mullaitivu at Mullivaikkal and butchered mercilessly.

        Karma returns and hits back. Now 8 years later the innocent Sinhalese citizens suffering the same fate in the Southern and Western provinces. Disaster took the vengeance on the Sinhalese.

        God is Great.

        • 4
          0

          Stupid its Lankian made beginning in 1968 even marake-le dug deep cutting trees and digging gems.
          Heaven does not deceive good men.

      • 0
        0

        This flood happened in Ramadan!

    • 4
      2

      This is how lankens in general are made to think by some elements of the society.
      When unexpected rains according to global weather conditions would be the case, they beleive in invisible forces to have created them, due to all karma related sinns they have made intentionally or unintentionally.
      When droughts are the case, they again think so called gods about which Buddhists in general would not keep hopes, but as followers guided by highly stupid politicians, they are made to believe, smashing coconuts can bring rains again.
      These have been part and parcel of lanken superstious culture. If a lizaard would make “chik chik” prior to leave home for any other places, the some folks still stay few minutes believing that the purpose of the leave could be influenced breaking all hopes.
      The very same was the case, wtih the sounds of ULAMA had been at nights or so, people across the country were made to believe that a death would have been heard in following days. How do we know the particular aves had own issues to leave sounds while facing its life, and that was the case those birds to leave such sounds ?
      All these have been made to be part fo lanken beliefs from that day on.
      One another if the domestic dog would shake its ear slaps, that would equally have been no good to those who went after such supertious thoughts. Now with science and technology have been that improved, internet becoming everyone s instant dics why the many to stay unchanged is the greater question. I think journos should bring lot more programmes in order to make aware the average mind sets accordingly. Else, society could turn out to be an irealistic one day by day.

      • 3
        0

        This is a scientific tell tale!
        Armageddon Lanka started in 1968 by Sinhala Buddhist SirMao landslide victory.
        All the estates were confiscated and the expensive trees cut and exported then the deer and wild boar was killed for mean and leopard was taken for skin.- that was dharmista export- now Siri Padaya is witness as much as I as a child. The picture book island became like a dirty SirMao painting with blue (Mao had it all in red blotches) Siri Padaya is telling you the tale while europe is busy and grinning at the Yakoooos. It’s just the beginning and the worst is yet to come on the blooming pirates of the island…………▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
        The passion fades, the remorse is eternal.

      • 1
        0

        Bunjappa@

        You are right to have attacked those men like JO supporters rather go after smashing coconut that way.

        That former tution master turn politician – even if he is believed to have a head but to lead coconut smashing campaigns reveal us everything.
        No matter some would have got it, but the majority of folks in this country are after supertitious beliefs.
        If negibouring living siripala or maenike would support sorcery tricks being placed above everything, they would join them. People are more followers than thinkers.
        May be very naive to the eyes of the westerners and any others that respect rational behind each.
        If for example, soil digging and filling muddy areas the kind of actitivies being promoted by some politicians, let continue without any problems in this country today.
        No matter even if they would have been doing various unthinkable businesses related to soil and sand diggings, no rigorous laws seem to act. There is a huge problem with enforcement of law and order in this country today.
        If this would continue, nation will have to face a wave of disasters the way Japanese or any other countries that face natural disasters from the ages on.

    • 3
      2

      It is high time to realize that SRILANKA cant stand by their own, as being made by some extremists for their political agendas.
      We are an another hungry folk to the world.
      Just to become swollen, as was the case under MR should not have been done.
      Had the current govt been away from International community, things would have been seen different.
      The kind of natural disasters are no affordable to developing countries – not at all a country of lanken nature, whose GDP is relatively low.
      Even some east european countries would be able to face the kind of natural disasters by which the people across the country would have been met.
      Now they have sent a message, the construction work across country shoul dnot be the manner some idiots wanted them to be, but in compliance with some standards.
      At least after this disaster, I believe, the responsible authorities would work on it adequately.

    • 0
      2

      Assad did not suddenly decide to start killing his people for no reason. Israel wants to destroy Syria and steal the land to make it a part of ‘Greater Israel’
      Israels plan is to colonize all the land between the Nile and Euphrates.
      Israel also knows Sunni muslims hate Shias and they played it cleverly. Gave weapons and training to Sunni militants and asked them to overthrow the Shia ruled government of Syria. Naturally any government will fight back with force in such a situation. What the Sunnis fail to realise is that they are not going to enjoy the spoils if Assad is overthrown, Israel will take it and kick the Sunnis out also. But thanks to Russia Israels plan is going to fail it seems

    • 7
      1

      “”This is a divine curse on racist Ganasara”” Vermin like should blame your mother and father for giving birth to fraudsters like you.
      It is they who voted to get the europeans off the land sold the timer and went hunting all the wild animals in their free jeeps

    • 0
      0

      Then imagine the curses for the 36 ISIS terrorists from Srilanka. It must be 36 times worse!

  • 4
    2

    The loss of over 150 lives is totally unacceptable due to flood which didn’t come like a flash. Over 100 people have also gone missing.<<<<<< When heavy rains continue, water levels of rivers starting to rise and the soil in steep slopes erode it is common knowledge the next stage is flood and landslides. We had enough time to make people aware, prepare and save lives. The Government has evaded its duty again. <<<<<< There should be an Insurance Scheme (something like Government-subsidized Flood Insurance Scheme) in place for those who live in Flood Prone Areas which should also be extended to businesses, schools, religious places. This should cover all types of flood. The lowland areas closer to rivers, watersheds and hills that are prone to cause overflowing and landslide, should categorized as "High Risk Flood Areas" while Overland Flood caused by monsoons, torrential rains, thunderstorms, typhoons come under a different category. <<<<<<< Usually, the government relief for flood recovery is worth peanuts or see undue delays. Therefore, this Insurance Scheme will be helpful in granting post-flood assistance to rebuilding the lives of flood victims as well as businesses and mitigate health impacts usually come after flood.

    • 1
      0

      This insurance should also cover businesses n properties set alight or damaged by religious fanatics Like BBS. Sinhale.. Ravana Balaya. These are not natural disaster or Act of God. .

    • 4
      1

      Champa ——————————“The loss of over 150 lives is totally unacceptable due to flood which didn’t come like a flash. Over 100 people have also gone missing.” —————————–One dead is too many. Our thoughts are with their family and friends. This is also time for you to remember the hundred of thousands of innocent people who had died since 5th April 1971 through no fault of their own. ———————————————————————————May they all attain Nibbana.

      • 1
        3

        Sure, Nade Vedda, why since 1971, we should start from World War I.

        • 4
          0

          Champa ————“why since 1971, we should start from World War I.” ————- Let us go back to Dutta Gamani vs Elara war or since the arrival of the thug Vijaya or may be since your ancestors arrived here on Kallathonies from Erivirapattinams.

    • 5
      3

      Floods Again: Champa, the reason why floods are becoming so devastating is : (1) The rainfall levels have been erratic all over the world and is attributed to climate change . (2) The Southern Highway, built by MR was done in a hurry without sufficient studies being carried and acts as a very long dam obstructing the flow of rain water to the sea. Thus water level rises as a result and causes all the damage. The number of bridges and other openings left for water to recede is inadequate even for normal rain fall.

      • 4
        1

        Stop circumnavigating yakoo guy, Shut up and stick to short circuiting!

    • 1
      1

      Champa! Do not cry for only 150 lives. Over 75,000 innocent Tamils been cornered at Mullivaikkal in the Mullaitivu District and mercilessly butchered by the Sri Lankan Army in the month of May 2009 and now May 2017, 8 years later Karma took its revenge by unleashing rain and landslides. God is great.

      • 0
        0

        Tamil Nadu has its own disasters. Srilanka cannot worry about them.

  • 3
    3

    Time to build new levees and repair the old ones, otherwise the flooding will be an annual event. I suspect climate change (global warming) is also a factor.

    • 5
      0

      Bravo for mentioning the real cause for this calamity. I was reading thru to see if anyone had the brains to come up with the right answer. I am afraid that while it is most welcome to build levees there will simply be no amount of levy building that can mitigate what is in store for Sri Lanka. What we are seeing are the effects of accelerated global warming. We are now entering what can be called an extinction level event. Some parts of the planet will become uninhabitable and indeed that is also happening. We will see more extreme flooding more extreme brought and all taking place with increasing frequency. Sri Lankans have happily carried on building where they should not and paying no attention to what is in store. They will pay an increasingly higher price as time goes on.

      • 3
        0

        Wera———————–“What we are seeing are the effects of accelerated global warming. “—Your warning sounds as though you are blaming the suddah for natural disasters. —————“We will see more extreme flooding more extreme brought and all taking place with increasing frequency. “————————-Let us not wait until the great Deluge strikes us, build Noah’s Ark and start sailing. ———————— A proud hydraulic civilisation should not be allowed perish under water when it has other means of dieing.

    • 4
      0

      Lester, Our Old Sinhala Kings, did not build Levees to keep out Flood Waters, They built Vevas , to collect the Rain Water, before it ran into the Sea Unused! Our Farmers in those Days, then Had enough water for their Crops, during the Droughts, which now seem to be arriving with frightening Regularity! Our Sri Lankan Engineers learnt to build Culverts under Roadworks to allow for the Dispersal of Rain Water, which now Collects and Causes Flooding. Politicians do not understand that Engineers and Environmentalists, have had an Education which teaches them to look at all aspects of Building Roads and Other Developments before rushing into Starting a Project, as unqualified Politicians have been doing in the recent Past. It is these very Politicians who Bask in the Glory of what they Think they have Created, Who are Responsible for causing the Recent Disasters in the Country.

      • 1
        4

        Hamlet:

        The water tanks made good sense when most of the population was farming. Today they will still be useful for the Dry Zone. Now the problem is global warming, specifically climate change, and urbanization. Clearly there is an increase in soil erosion and the absence of structures like rocks and boulders to direct the flow of the water. Another issue is the extremes in temperature. Water tank system took all of these factors into account, it was a delicate system that did not damage the environment. Today the environment is being altered, maybe in ways that cannot be undone.

        • 3
          0

          Be not disturbed at being misunderstood; be disturbed at not understanding.
          Lester you and your goo ambude ways. The Brits left behind state of the art Gas pipelines that came direct to our kitchens., Sewer and rainwater systems from home to collection areas for recycling, they left tram cars for common men like you to travel and automobiles for others (morris, austin, ford rolls royce vauxhall )they left a zoo that you should be locked in. The brits left a free press, constitution, and law an order. Every thing they left was state of the art and this was governed from Madras Presidency.

  • 2
    0

    RE: Sri Lanka Floods: Fears Rise As Rains Return And Casualties Increase————————

    “Even as the world joined hands to help Sri Lanka in its time of need, fears continued to rise amidst reports that more heavy rains were expected on Monday. The development comes as the total number of casualties increased, leaving at least 151 dead, and over 111 missing, in what is described as Sri Lanka’s worst ever floods since 2003. The floods and landslides following torrential rains have affected at least 442,000 people, and have displaced over 100,000.”————————————————–

    We should all sympathize and have empathy for those who are affected by the floods, and help them cope with this natural calamity. Is is part of the global warming, or the undoing by BBS and the Wahhabies, to make the Gods angry in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho? Is BBS still burning and destroying properties belonging to the Muslims while the Law enforcers, and the politicians just stand by?

    Are the Gods angry with the BBS Version of Para-Indian-Sinhala “Buddhism” , the Wahhabi-Salafi Version of Para-Indian-Muslim Version of Sri Lankan “Islam”, the Vellahala-Hindu Sri Lankan Castist Version of Para-Indian-Hindu Version of Sri Lankan “Hindus”?

    • 2
      0

      “”The development comes as the total number of casualties increased, leaving at least 151 dead, and over 111 missing, in what is described as Sri Lanka’s worst ever floods since 2003.”” Sounds like a big lie! who does the counting but the forces with one hand on the buddha and another on FAO.
      Sadly for idiots like you the Security Forces do not see it that way `its another one of those things and alls in order` go watch the video where they transport food – the irony is beggars demanding dry rations not cooked meals so that they may sell it to loku unna ge kadde.

  • 9
    0

    Where are those people who hired buses to move 115,000 people to Galle Face Green? Can they hire buses to move these people out of flood?.<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>. Where are those who delivered 115,000 Biryani Parcels in Galle Face Green? Can they do it now in Galle?

    • 1
      0

      Mallaiyuran ———————————————————————————
      Will they deliver the buses or the Biryani Parcels no. It is all talk for the Fools, Moddayas and Mootals. Their interest is getting back to power siothat they can steal more.

  • 3
    1

    Aseama…
    You have predicted some points in this writing…I can not but agree with you ..
    I would argue that recent disaster is a man made one…Mr and co did not care about ecology of this beautiful country..
    They asked China to develop this country ..
    Look what happened…for the last 10 years China is digging many part of land ..
    Your name it …air port, sea ports and road construction …
    How many millions bird and animals may have been killed ? How many thousands tree may have chopped down ?
    Now this sudden change I did not come out of blue sky ..
    It is a Karma for human action

    GOATA created BBS and you think he could escape divine punishment …it comes like this …BBS want to burn down Muslim shops and Tsmil houses…look destruction comes not from.fire but from water ..
    NOW WHAT BBS DO IS MAKE PRAYERS TO STOP THIS POURING FROM SKY…NO US OR RUSSIANS OR CHINA CAN COME TO HELP.US …ONLY CREATOR OF THIS SKY COULD HELP US ..
    AS LONG AS THIS MAD COW MONK IS OUT THERE YOU WAIT AND SEE MORE OF THIS PUNISHMENT..
    RANI’L AND MS THINK THEY HAVE ALL POWER IN THEIR HANDS BUT THEY ARE UTTLERY WRONG
    .

    • 3
      1

      Natural disasters knows no religion. Our devils the rulers are responsible. Did we see such flood for the slightest rain in the early 1900s, no. Lands which hold millions of gallons of rain water were reclaimed and sold or allowed property developers to do such think. Projects were started blindly without any concern for environment resulting in disturbance of ecosystem. When they reclaimed marshy land they never thought of making canals or drain systems to drain the rain water into sea rather than submerging the adjacent lands and towns with flood water. These devil politicians made millions without any concern for their people and environment. We are seeing the result today.

  • 3
    2

    Within hours of the 2004 Tsunami, the first on the scene was Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO). Chandrika recognized their effort (devoid of the language divide) with a Presidential award. BBS where are you? Is hiding Gnanasaro (May his Mr Universe muscles increase!) more important?

    • 3
      0

      The terror organisation TRO had its hidden agenda well doctored out at waltham forest london. money coming , money coming adi da jackpot even galeon raja is behind bars.

  • 1
    6

    Allahs curse on Sri Lanka to tolarate a bitch like gnansaraya. now all have to pay, as nobody objected when gnansaraya was cursing Allah thallah. Muslims must stop gnansaraya now, if not more calmities will come on the country. this is proven:

    the people of syria used to curse Allah: Allahs punishment is true.
    the same happens in yemen the communist try to stop worshipping Allah-
    yemen is not a country any more
    iraq-bathist stops people asking from Allah, and oppresses muslims. -iraq is in a calamity.

    history always repeats. Sri Lanka will go through much worse if gnansaray type bitches rome spewing their filth.

    • 7
      1

      Jehan: Why Allah is full of hatred for non-believers ?

      • 2
        1

        Jim Softy ———-“Why Allah is full of hatred for non-believers” ———– Perhaps Allah is angry with you for being nasty little Sinhala/Buddhist fascist. Perhaps he is trying to tell you something indirectly which he knew you don’t seem to to understand because you are a fascist islander.

    • 3
      0

      What about Sunni muslim Palestine being slowly eradicated by Israel? Is Allah punishing the Sunni Palestinians also? And favouring the Jews?

  • 2
    2

    Natural disasters are natural but human activities also contribute to the destruction of nature. As human beings loss of a life, loss of your livelihood to any one is to be considered as loss to each and every one of us. At any times this can happen to us as well. We should understand the suffering that cause to those innocent people who lost their lives and livelihoods. This is about humanity, not about politics and Religion. Political opportunism and Religious opportunism also create considerabe suffering to the innocent people, not to those who use divide the people with false patriotric propaganda as saviours of religion and land ownership. If you don’t love another human do you think they will love God or the land? Never! People who live in Srilanka suffered a lot for such pretenders of opportunism. Almost all of them became millionaires, have a residence in western world with western culture. Their night life is completely different to their day life. People. People should understand if you hate another human being because of his race, his language, his religion. If some one teach or preach you hatred against another human he cannot be honest to his land or his religion. You cannot create or destroy god. Simlarly no one can destroy or create the land. Our life is very short but the God and land remains the same!

    • 4
      0

      “”Simlarly no one can destroy or create the land. Our life is very short but the God and land remains the same!””▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬

      we live in a practical world- this is almost 2 decades after 21st century and you are espousing emotional tripe.

  • 0
    1

    This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2/

  • 1
    0

    president has found the answer to stopping this in the future.He says whats done is done and cannot be undone,but he can stop it in the future by appointing a minister for floods and a minister for landslides,one from SLFP and one from UNP.

    • 2
      0

      Stale as the rustic village rouge! Ask him to kill himself like his brother.
      The best way to kill an idea is to form a committee or two! – then once again the same old thing Deiyo Sakki.

  • 2
    5

    Let it be written: All calamity came to pass during the reign of Ranil and Sirisena.

    • 4
      0

      “All calamity came to pass during the reign of Ranil and Sirisena.”

      You are correct on that Grandma. Rain is back again on Forecast. Last Thursday’s flood has not receded yet. New Royals spent their 2 1/2 years on saving the Old Royals from war crime, corruption, murders and lawlessness. These nature’s furies will be translated as Yahapalanaya’s inefficiency by the mass at the voting booth. Yahapalanaya is not going to conduct PC election but would declare emergency as Old King said last week. I think Sampanthar’s secret solution gone forever. Last Friday, Steering committee supposed to try again to finalize its proposal, second time. It did not work because of this unexpected new calamity. This is how Old King too was making negotiation with “SLFP-TNA Party Talks” in 2010, 2011 and in January 2012, he abruptly cancelled all of it, with the blessing of Indian FM S.M. Krishna. It looks like most probably this steering Committee will be decommissioned by August to negotiate for SLFP-UNP Pact to continue. If this committee is still alive at that time, SLFP will be scared of being overrun by SLPP and will not agree for negotiations with UNP.

    • 4
      2

      Floods Again: ramona, the reason why floods are becoming so devastating is not because of Ranil or Sirisena. (1) The rainfall levels have been erratic all over the world and is attributed to climate change . (2) The Southern Highway, built by MR was done in a hurry without sufficient studies being carried and acts as a very long dam obstructing the flow of rain water to the sea. Thus water level rises as a result and causes all the damage. The number of bridges and other openings left for water to recede is inadequate even for normal rain fall. Learn to think scientifically. The age of sorcery, magic spells, heavenly punishment etc. is over. This is the age of reason and science.

      • 5
        1

        This is very right.

        The manner they the road and constructions had been carried out, or are being carried out are out of the standards. Lanken Engineering and the authorities should do lot more to in drainage systems.
        Today, every little huhn would attack the current govt for anything.
        That is very unfair. Even if we cant yet accept as to why they did not continue any high criminals to put in jails as promised under late most rev. thero Sobith a thero.
        Had the thero been us today, he woudl have collapsed on the spot not being able to see, the manner, they ve been on slow mode with not focusing on CRIME investigations, as assured to the nation prior to 2015.

      • 5
        2

        Not just SOUTHERN HIGH WAY but almost any other road build have not been done in compliance with standards. That is how local engineers and MR construction work in general functioned. No second to that Kunukanda which tooked the lives of over 40 sending hundreds roofless.

        Quotet
        (2) The Southern Highway, built by MR was done in a hurry without sufficient studies being carried and acts as a very long dam obstructing the flow of rain water to the sea.
        Unquote

        Today journos should get former over active men to interview and bring what and how they would explain from their point of view can help people to get all the bits better.
        Today, there are accusations, but nothing seems to work beyond.
        Ground level people are kept away from facts and real figures of former administration.

        • 5
          3

          Actually, it is unfair to blame the local engineers. We have wonderful civil engineers in our country. But MR did not give them a chance. The design, the approval and the execution of the project was done by Chinese exclusively. As far as I know, the labour also came from China. In such a project, the local populace should get some benefits like employment. This did not happen. At that time no one had the freedom to speak out. Had they done that, they would have been used as filler material for the ‘dam’.

          • 3
            0

            Yes, we have everyone done wonderful. But when it goes for the disasters, we are no powerful men. There, all the high talks of anyone would not help the victimized folks.
            So called boasts brought nothign to this country over the few years. So long the state would not give thepriority for standards, nothign will block any kind of unncessary disasters. Yes, floods cant be avoidable, but the damage being made on people can be prevented, if there had been bettter drainage systems.
            It is high time to state and ressponsible authorities to work on the issues.
            On the west, what lie underground in terms of road construction are like biochemical pathways of human beings. They are even more complex, than what yo get to see above ground.
            They always plan to avoid risks. That we have to learn from them, chinese and other developed nations. Just stay attacks anyone who would criticise us, will not bring us forward. Not an inch. Instead our people will be caught by one behind the other disaster.

            • 0
              1

              My family in Colombo tried to contact the temple and could not. I am getting more and more worried.

              • 2
                0

                OIC.. today, it is reported to have more rains.

                No need to worry, they are helping each other so that almost every victims are reached.
                Sirasa has been doing lot more with the people. Meaning there re various sources of help suppliers to very areas wheree the flood has driven the people away from their livelyhoods.
                All what we can do is to go on praying for better weather.
                This has been affected to all globally. As said about the manner drains have been blocked or not set properly have blocked water flows as had been earlier.
                This will have long term consequences. So even after the floods, they the authorities have to be alert on the situation.
                And there will also be waves of aftershocks – like the spread of dengue fever will be much higher than usual June and July.
                Local authoriteis had warned that the numbers of patients will arise in June and July almost every year.

          • 2
            0

            Palan Yakooo interfering lankan engineer.(patch work kuddu)
            You have never witnessed Chinese Landscape art form which the FAO chiefs still talk about.

        • 2
          1

          The flooding and land slides are affecting my feelings very strongly. The Kukuleganga area has received the highest rainfall (550 mm?) and it is that area that I come from. It is also the area, where the temple that I visited with Prof. David is situated. Those friendly villagers and the lunch with ‘Karan Koku maluwa’ come to my mind at this time and I wonder whether they are all OK and not going hungry. I will contact them and lend whatever assistance that I can to them, as needed. I will also inform CT readers about the actual situation.

          • 4
            1

            But the manner you have been bubbling on this and other forums, you should better start eating “kohila kola malluma” to keep your both ends healthy. Am I right ? Now again, I will be rained with some of your hateful terms. But that I always risk so long i add my post to this platform.

            Yes, we have enough qualifiied people back in home country, but lack of proper systems may be the reason them to be away from their know-hows are being not used accordingly.
            I am not talking about any engineer or professionals that have close ties with former administration but about all others, that would do their best, given that they are given chances.
            Thanks god, phone lines have not been interupted yet.
            I was very worried to not getting any news about my families down there.

            • 1
              3

              Bunjappu, you say ” Now again, I will be rained with some of your hateful terms”. There has been enough and more rain (H2O as well H2O2) water as well as vitriolic ords. This is no time for insults ad debates. In any case, you do not have to temper your comments for me but only to escape CT moderators. I remember that you were gracious enough to apologize to me on a previous occasion. Now I do the same. I apologize, if I have hurt your feelings.

            • 2
              1

              Typo,
              It should be ” Now again, It will be rained with some of your hateful terms. But that I always risk so long i add my post to this platform.
              Anyways thanks EDWIN and have a good day. Let s keep on praying for victimized folks down there in SL. Hope not the situ will turn out to worst following today s heavy rains.

        • 2
          1

          Today, I happened to watch a program in a german TV channel about fake news. Various hurtful comments being gone viral on social media will have to face with consequences in the near future.
          Not just on simple issues, but issues that have high impact – such as asylum politics in terms of syrians today. There are anti parties that make every efforts to spread lies about the realities about syrian asylum seekers.
          Just these days in Europe, following last week’s visit of Mr America first – there are fake news which have now been spread on social media. All these would mislead anyone. FBook will have to face it legally, if the national laws would be hurt by their kind of media invasions.
          The very same will be the case with srilanka or any other country. FB wants to earn abusing people that way would not last long.

          • 2
            1

            after elections if FB does not reform it would be banned. The Donald is not a FB fan. Utube has been warned by UK’ May. iPhone is fighting the FBI- Republicans want to let robocallers spam your voicemail.

            • 0
              0

              To address the problem, Germany has taken the most aggressive stance against fake news of any country yet. This spring, the country unveiled a hate speech bill that would fine social media companies like Twitter and Facebook up to 50 million euros ($56 million) for failing to remove intentionally fake news stories or stories that incite hate. The bill has been approved by Merkel’s Cabinet and seems to have a high chance of passing in the German parliament this summer.Facebook opposed the legislation, saying in a statement that it would “force private companies, rather than the courts, to become the judges of what is illegal in Germany.” But the tech titan promised to expand its team reviewing content in Germany to 700 employees by the end of 2017 and pay third-party fact-checkers in Europe to curb fake news.

        • 1
          3

          Your Hero, Ranil must be studying these days to build right roads? When do we get them real, in thousand years?
          Who are you kidding?
          The curese is this Fxxxing government, Country is gone to dogs since then!

          Shut the pie hole and help somebody affected by the floods!

        • 1
          0

          You should be locked up in the zoo for spreading false news.
          You are the unqualified asslicker not an urban planner to understand the limits of any contract.

      • 3
        2

        Edwin,
        You are right the former regime in the name of development borrowed billions from China without any proper evaluation and impact studies destroyed the nature and pocketed billions on their pocke, further they destroyed the rule of law, destroyed the lord of justice and massacred thousands of innocents and burried Lord Buddha. Now the whole nation suffer but former regime focus on how to throw the rule of law creaated by the people.

        • 2
          2

          But Ajith,
          the problem today is every tiny issue, the current rulers have been attacked by anyone.
          No proper info about the facts are gone to the masses. They are set to react so explosive against the current rulers. that I think is not fair.

          • 1
            2

            It may not be fair, the present govt should know the priorities. For example, today’s news item says that Ranil is leaving the country while the nation and people are in despair. President is not here. Definitely this is a good opportunity to take capital on it. Critisisms are not explosive. They should make use of these critisms to make positive steps.

          • 1
            1

            The one who plants the tree is not the one who will enjoy its shade.
            sinhalaya modaya gave srimao a landslide victory Suddha ta Gahamu”to cut the trees dig the earth and slaughter the animals then kill the minorities.
            look at yourself wretched man what is your DNA? you are not the owner of the land but children of pirates dumped by the portuguese.
            The present regime grew for 70 years in this murderous manner(the buck stops with them and all politicians of the island) because fascist Churchill partitioned the land from its motherland. Today once again you ask the world that you kicked out lock stock and barrel for food aid medical aid – fu**ing vermins isn’t it? The reality is lanka can only be governed from outside as it was until 1947. When a company is broke you hand it out. Lanka Sinhala, Tamil, muslim has never produced a couple like Lee Kuan Yew and Kwa Geok Choo and you never will. The woman who loved Lee Kuan Yew. http://www.philstar.com/opinion/2015/03/28/1438252/woman-who-loved-lee-kuan-yew

      • 2
        2

        I googled quite about a bit about the connection between major highways and flooding. There was no article which gave a correlation. There were articles that put urban development(which included roads), that cause flooding. But the roads per se do not cause flooding.And that is quite true, as one long road/highway cannot not act as a dam. The foundations go only less than a meter deep, bit damn goes over a 100-meeters deep to directly obstruct a river. Roads go over rivers by bridges. Therefore water can flow quite easily to correct original channels even if there is a road on top. ………………………But it was certainly the Ranil/Sirisena scheme to stimulate and create industry upon industry to bolster commercial interests on the delicate and fragile island. The creation of mega structure schools, away from the community traditional school for example, force communities to relocate, thus causing the environmental damage……………………………….Rajapaksa merely wanted the roads to connect cities. Chinese megastructure investment projects along the coast would have taken care of coasts……………………..However, Ranil/Sirisena schemes encourage all kinds of commercial urban development along these roadways.

        • 0
          0

          Correction : but dams*

        • 0
          3

          Correction : Chinese megastructure investment projects along the coast would have taken care of *costs.*

        • 2
          3

          Ramona, what I said needs only common sense to understand. No googling is necessary. You speak of dams. Dams have to prevent leakage to a minimum for two purposes (1) to conserve water (2) to prevent damage to its structure. Of course, the leakage in a dam is very low, because it is designed to hold water, while a road is not supposed to. You say, “one long road/highway cannot not act as a dam”. Whether you call it dam or not, it does temporarily restrict free water flow from one side to the other. On the upstream side we have a certain inflow (f1) due to rains and there is the outflow (f2), through bridges, viaducts and through the raised earth structure (Ok I will not call it a dam) of the highway foundation. Here (f2) depends on the upstream level of water and (f2) increases with upstream water level. What happens is that during heavy rainfall f1˃˃f2, meaning inflow is much greater than outflow (f2), initially. As a result, the upstream level goes up. With that (f2) also increases. And steady state conditions are reached when f1 = f2. The problem is if f1 is very high, as has been in this case due to very heavy downpours, steady state conditions (f1 =f2) are reached only with a very high level upstream. This means flooding. I used the phrase “temporarily restrict free water flow from one side to the other” before and the flooding is also temporary. but temporary or not damage is devastating to life and property.

          • 1
            3

            Edwin Appu,

            Let us know if you reached those temple people last night.
            I tihnk media unncessarily makes it high thesedays, that the forces have been doing a job as no others.
            If not forces in a country, who can do such missions.
            Be it in Germany, Bangaladhesh, India, Japan OR US, it is the army that have worked in the rescuing the people in such disasters.

            Sirasa has been doing a great job, but their media telecasts make some unncessary remarks about everything.
            May be they just want to get their man Sajith ABOVE everyone.

            In that way, they too do a job which one can name as ” fishing on muddy waters”:
            However, I really appreciate, all others in Sirasa did a great job. They have now become almost near to the hearts of the people.

            • 1
              3

              Sure. So far nothing. I will let all of you when I do. Thanks for the concern.

              • 0
                0

                Kukuleganga: I got a copy of a Whatsapp from the Chief Engineer of Kukuleganga Power Station. It is a story worthy of the script for an epic action/adventure Hollywood movie. In the words of the CE, “Both generators tripped. (Kukule Ganga Power Station is unmanned and it is remotely controlled from the control room located 4km away from it.) The access roads from the control room to the power house were all blocked due to landslides and flooding. Then my two engineers took swift action to access the powerhouse through the cable tunnel and started the machines again after resetting relevant protection relays. By five in the morning, we had raised the four fllod gates 4m, 5m, 5m and 4m. The discharge was 1300 cubic meters per second. (this is extremely high as the 1000 year flood of this dam had been estimated to be 2000 cubic meters per second).

                So one can see how critical it has been. The message runs to more than 1000 words. Therefore, it cannot be given here fully as CT limit is 300 words. Again the CE says: “during last 24hrs ending at 6.00 am on 26th we had received a rainfall of 553mm at the dam. This is more than even one month?s rain. So, you can imagine the impact”.

                The temple I referred to by me is in the same area. My family managed to contact the priest of the temple. The flood waters reached up to the level of the ‘midula’ of the temple. (i.e.) about 10 m above normal level of the river flooding nearly all the houses the whole village. The villagers are now living in the temple premises on the side of steep hill. They are all OK. No one has been hurt.

                • 0
                  0

                  I haeard that UNP MP -Thevarapperuma of the area -Mathugama has done a lot in rescuing and helping people. Sure, the way he has been is similar to that of former front man of the abusive admistration, but Thewarapperuma s great work is being welcome by the masses today.

                  Edwin Appu, did you listen to following issue ? Dr Silva had added to his weekly discuss yesterday, even if the authorities have warned them, direct mediation of regional politicians have allow over 10 000 or more to go with their building constructions. That have now created various threats to the environment as he repeated. At the time, I happened to see the manner they had continued soil digging, no wonder that we have to count with unepxected natural disasters. These should be rigorous laws against any who for example fill the muddy lands planning their house or other constructions.
                  I think there is a problem in this country, even if authorities are fully against, politicians to give okay to some people have created the entire messy situation.
                  Now innocient people have to sacrifice their lives as a result.

          • 0
            2

            Edwin……dams don’t leak………no, indeed (unless they are badly designed)…..Instead, they change the natural drainage system of an area and cause flooding in other areas…….Yes, flooding can happen at times with roads and highways if not properly planned with culverts etc.…….but, that is only in the the vicinity of the roadway……………..One long line of roadways, and flooding can occur along some parts of that line…………but it dries out after few hundred meters or so.

            • 0
              0

              World experts in the areas of dam construction are the dutch. They have built damas to maintain their own country – which has been located under the sea levels.

              Lanken govt has to work with them in order to get those dams around Kelaniya river or any other places to get checked.
              If any kind of leaks in dams would have been case, lacks of people would have to lose their lives.

              • 0
                0

                Actually, Sama, we need not turn to the Dutch. We have world class civil engineering experts in Sri Lanka. One of them is Professor Emeritus Munidasa Ranaweera (former Porfessor of Civil Engineering of the Engineering Faculty of Peradeniya), one of the world’s leading experts in the Finite Element Method (FEM) for the analysis of stresses in civil structures. Double Arch Structure: He took part in the design and construction of the Victoria Dam, the first double arch dam in South East Asia. Just for your interest, the words ‘double arch’ mean that the horizontal and vertical profiles take the shape of arches. There are no destructive tensile stresses in an arch, first discovered by the Romans. Professor Ranaweera now retired, is still active in FEM and applies it to analyze the stresses in the Sri Lankan Dagobas like Abhayagiri and Jetawana. Amazingly, he found that the ancient architects have selected the optimum shapes to avoid tensile stresses to a minimum in these structures. I am sure that Professor Ranaweera is the best for this type of job.

        • 1
          3

          Ramona, try this simple experiment. make a circular raised wall of earth of height about 6″. make a small opening of about 3″ wide on one side. Start filling the circular area with water using a garden hose with the tap partially open. Adjust the flow and the position of hose so as not to damage the circular wall. The water level within the circular area will increase and the outflow through the opening will also increase. Soon, stable conditions will be reached and the water level will become steady. Now open up the tap fully. The water level within the circular area will increase to a new record level and may even overflow over the ‘dam’. If you were an ant with average IQ and built your house in that area, it will be fully under water until you close the tap. If you were an ant with less than average IQ you will blame Ranil and Sirisena for your misfortune instead of the idiot (that is you Ramona) who built that circular dam without thinking just because I told you to do so.

          • 0
            2

            Edwin, ……only the ants living directly in the line of the roadway might be affected for a few inches or so……………anyway, roads are one long line for transportation between cities, and not in a deliberate circular to prove flooding.

            • 0
              0

              I have no medicine for your stupidity. Also I do not want to waste my time teaching hydraulic engineering to someone who does not have even an OL Maths pass,.

              • 0
                0

                Google for “Drone camera footage of Southern Expressway flooded – Adaderana”

                Explanation: Some like Ramona may say “Hey, that is nothing much”. But away from the highway, areas affected and the destruction is huge. This stretch of the highway is nothing but a 500 m long dam in spill at this time. Why, because the inflow was too much for the other outlets like bridges, viaducts, culverts to handle. So the water level rises until it reaches the lowest stretch of highway in the region. Thereafter the rate of rise is less, because it has now got a 500 m or more stretch of spillway that can discharge quite a lot of water on to the other side. A 500 m long dam can spill a huge amount water per second with a spill level of just a couple of feet of water. This is the same as in the experiment I suggested. I said there, when you open the garden tap fully, water may spill over the Ramona’s little sand dam. But then the idea did not get in to her head because the demo dam was circular while the highway is straight. Ladies are obsessed with shape!

                Other repercussions: Many people upstream of the highway bought land and built their homes before the highway came, on land that they rightly thought would be safe from floods because of the elevation. MR comes along and builds a ‘dam’ downstream and their land becomes part of the unintended reservoir that forms during heavy rains. That is not all. They are low income people depending mostly on agriculture. The land gets flooded and they lose all that. So Ramona, it is not one or two inches as you think. You will be surprised how big it is.

                • 0
                  0

                  Let help Ramona to have her brain implantated.

                  That can give then give us a relief.

                  • 0
                    0

                    Southern Highway and Flooding: To be fair by Ramona, I think she misunderstood what i said about the Southern Highway causing floods. Perhaps she thought that I am claiming all the floods everywhere during that bad spell was caused by the Highway. No, what I meant was the flooding of the area along the highway extending a few km upstream (the no. of km depending upon the contours of that area) was affected due to the highway. Obviously something happening higher up such as the Kukuleganga power station cannot be affected by the highway. I also gave it as one of the factors and gave the unusually high rainfall as another factor. For want of space, I did not mention the unauthorized constructions, cutting of trees etc. as factors. Anyone with common sense would have got what I was trying to say. But Ramona seems to be someone devoid of common sense. Usually, Google worshippers are like that. The following excerpt taken form the message of the Chief Engineer of the Kukuleganga Power station amply describes what happens when we have a huge obstruction (in this case the dam) to natural flow of rainwater. “The level of the reservoir had to be optimized as we had to consider both upstream floods as well as downstream floods. Meanwhile, the control room was flooded with telephone calls from those who are in low lying areas as well as people in upstream valleys. Those who were in upstream wanted us to open the gates as much as we could and let the water level in upstream to drop as they found their furniture was floating by that time while those who were in downstream wanted us to hold water as much as we could as they were getting ready to get onto their roofs”.

                    • 1
                      0

                      It is just you make round about not telling it clearly. That may have been the reason Ramona or anyone to get it wrong.
                      Nice to hear that you though being away from Kukuleganga but to have contributed what you could do in terms of helping who are really in need.
                      Appreciate.

                • 0
                  0

                  Nooo….That area of highway is flooded because of the lack of drainage due to commercial enterprise several miles beyond the roads, which impedes proper drainage………………..or you would have seen the whole areas of roadways flooded………but you only see this small part of this highway flooded…………now the highway part that is flooded is probably about 1% of the total flooding.

                  • 0
                    0

                    Ramona,
                    I think next disaster would be southern highway.

                    When travelling on european high ways, we are compelled to see how they the the road and construction authorities are busy with the maintenance of those high ways, be it across Germany, Switzerland, France, Netherlands or any other countries, they the responsible authorities maintain those roads on a regular manner.
                    But I have not noticed it yet, the lanken SH is being under maintenance. May be I lack the updated information on this.

                    We the lankens are no used to maintain roads or anything actually. That may be the other main reason not to have even thought about proper drainage systems.
                    Just because we need roads, we must not do them like idiots would do, without any feasiblity/standards, just to go for it as Maharaja et al destroyed SRILANKEN airlines thatway, … There should be standards.

                  • 0
                    0

                    Actually, the flooding of the highway is of no consequence to me. It affects only the Colombo 7 hoi polloi, like you, who go for brunches and dinners in 5 star hotels in Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa etc. and return for your afternoon tea with muffins, thanks to Mahinda. I am worried about the ever suffering common people(putujjana) living upstream of the dam – er – sorry highway. For them the money spent on the highway was literally highway robbery by Mahinda and China. Had it stopped with that we could have forgotten it as one of the many such robberies by the duo, though the victims were the ever-suffering putujjana of this land. But when the robbery keeps on resulting in repeated disasters for the putujjana, we have to speak out. On the chance that Romona happens to know Sinhala I refer to the song: පහත් තැනින් යයි ගලා ජලේ – මේ ජලේ – පහත් තැනින් යයි ගලා ජලේ මේ ජලේ . (it flows over the lowest place – yeah ! this ruddy water – it flows over the lowest place). It was a hit movie song in the 50’s sung by Jikki a Tamil songstress from India. While teaching us a lesson in basic hydraulics, it also tells us about a very important social phenomenon, which gave rise to the now dead socialism and communism in 30’s- that it is the poorest of the poor who always bear the brunt of all calamities that befall a nation, leaving the rich and powerful untouched or richer. Tsunami is another example of that very same phenomenon. I don’t know how you calculated that 1% so quickly without making an aerial survey of the whole length of the highway. Perhaps you are well versant with the lay of the land due to your daily meal trips to the South. But please do consider not only the highway, (we know that it probably affected a number of your brunches at Unawatuna and we are sorry about that) but the upstream area too in your calculation.

                    • 0
                      0

                      MsMaralathoni and Ramona. Though I had some doubts before about your sex, which from the names appear to be Female, I am sure now that, that is the case. I think both of you should get brain transplants because your present brains, on a scale of 0 to 10 seem to have around 2 only, which is just above the that of an average ant. This is the problem when women get involved in discussions that need a brain power of at least 4. We allow them out of chivalry and then they try to take over the whole show. While all the males have properly understood what I stated at the start, you gals keep on making trouble. This is exactly what happened in the ISS (International Space Station), where one lady was allowed, again for the same reason- chivalry. She started getting in to tantrums during her periods and they nearly lost the station. We are lucky that the Chief Engineer of the Kukuleganga Power Station is a male. Otherwise we would be talking of an upstream and downstream devoid of any living humans and no power station and no damned dam.

              • 0
                0

                Not at all…….quite good at Math actually…….

          • 0
            0

            Edwin,

            I would like to ask you kindly, if you could please find the truths of the following.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kncUVc4RoZE
            You are said to be not far from Dubai. You have been living and working in that part of the world for such a long time.
            We have got to know that Namal Baby of Rajaakshe family has owned a flat in Dubai WHICH is currently run by some lankens. This place should have been known to you and the communities living there since Rajaakshes and their kith and kin keep coming to the flat on and on.
            In the context, Rajaakshe have denied to have grabed a dollar, if would have been proved, even be ready to cut their throat- was what we heard from him last year at the time, FCID or the like men were about to investigate him.

            Given that, if you as a SAUDI veteran, could and would be able to find the facts on the rumours, there the lankens would bend down before you, since we will then be at least some inches achieved iin finding the truth.

            People to let in miserable lives and in the same time, state funds to have been abused for their luxurious lives, should be punished by people LET alone today.

            • 0
              0

              Sorry Dan, I do not want to put my nose in to such matters. I am no admirer of Mahinda and I will never vote for him. But do you know that Mahinda was awarded with the highest honour that a foreigner is presented with in Bahrain. All Arab rulers really respect him. Even most common Arabs admire him for the way he stood up against the US and other Western powers during the war. His support for Palestinians also is another reason for this admiration.

              Why should I look in to those things? I am not a spy. This is all Tom Clancy stuff. It will be like the donkey trying to do the dog’s work. Surely it is the job of the Sri Lankan authorities. You say Lankans would bend before me? I do not want that. I just want to earn a lot of money honestly and then retire. that is all.

              May I suggest what you all should do? Mahinda has a harbour, airport, a conference center which may be converted to a parliament with little cost and many other infrastructure facilities South of the Bentara river. Most of all he has a population that worships him like a live God. Let him have the area south of the Bentara ganga as his kingdom. Ranil and sirisena can then live happily ever after with the Tamils and Muslims. I will get my citizenship here and live here with my ever-changing half a dozen or so of girl friends and never return to Sri Lanka.

              • 0
                0

                If everyone would see the way you have been, nothing will change towards the betterment of the nation right ? We perfectly know that the manner they did anything and every construction down there made the way people to be DESTINED with unexpected disasters one behind the other. Now with all the panikcing messages being come to the average mind sets about the one another Kunukanda of Katugaththota would be the next disaster. Each and everyone of us being part of lanken population regardless of where we are, have to contribute our parts. Then only the foundations for a better future of our next generations will be formed.
                Not just Benthara area – as I heard it Dr Harsha Silva making it clear yetsreday, over so many thousands of constructions being passed by politicians in colombo areas, many of them are proved to be not authorised by responsible authorities but by politicians. The law down there seems to be so shaky with political will.
                That particular politicians from your area – Rohith Abey or the like and his whereabouts should be familiar to you – he is said to be a IRC man but to have been introduced to SLFP and now is said to be a multi millionaire. They have big mouth pieces. No matter any educated men and women would have been telling the truth, nothing will change the society.
                Airport, harbour, conference hall even colombo theater are all white elephant projects. Now with SLankens being made no profit forever, no flights to european destinations as had been before, not even the lights at the end of the tunnel is seen that the airline woudl ever rise to the levels it had been in the days of CBK.
                All in all, the situaton is more comparable to that of Zimbabwe where the leader regardless of his stupdities is held a hero, but the people stay in dark.
                My wish is to rise a new leader to rise in the days to come, to give a lead tothis fallen nation.
                Making a leader will not be easy, so long the people would not focus on the issues having studied them.

              • 0
                0

                5.8 millions – Sinhalaya (majority of srilankens)

                6.2 millions – Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalaya (srilankens)

                Yes, you are right so long MINORITIES are with MY3 and RW, current duo can stay in power, but not much would have been achieved, since people have been abused by underground forces in top form.

                The consensul politics as I see it today are no match to lanken context where over 70% of voters would easily be manipulative. They are more into pro-corruption than the other way around.

                I had some friends among the Palastenians. Not just MR we have always good relationship with any govts we had in recent past. Lanken govt stood by palastenians at the time Arafath was still there.

                Saudi s arsenal deal made with Trump is the main focus of European press thesedays since Trump has louded it as the one of great achievements for americans. Even if nato allies stood quiet as no times before with the estranged and insensitive remarks made by Trump in such meetings. However, the behaviour was seen in Europe as if an Elephant entered to porcelan shop.
                All in all, the world politics for the moment move no in favour of anyone. The weather and climate too change impacting the poor than the rich. Lankens have to build up their houses again, not easy tasks for an economy that was comparable to that of no far from Greece.

              • 0
                0

                Cool for you – you have then become a muslim right repeatedly talking about a dozen of gfs:
                I could not do it since we are made to be monogam by our thoughts. But I know africans and their fathers had over 12 or more wives so that they could have 40 sisters and brothers in their GRAND families.

                • 0
                  0

                  I also know that you are a smelly anus hair of the Tamil Rump. Just checked up the database and found you. In fact you, sam, Samuel, seelawathie, sama, soma are just one anus hair of the rump.

        • 2
          0

          “”I googled quite about a bit about the connection between major highways and flooding. There was no article which gave a correlation. “”
          You boo_bungled in the jungle so Sunder is leading AI in the world to get rid of scum like you. If professionals start exhibiting their specialist knowledge for wanderers and rabble rousers to pick up for free then twist and turn they would all die of hunger.

        • 0
          0

          Ramona ,

          I think any 10 year old would easily get it, the way they let constructions to exaggerate, just because they were their men, not being compliant to any systems what cant be unexpected ?We must not talk about the articles or any other theories to understand this

          .Not few months ago, Deputy Minister Ranjana revealed to the world the manner Dhiwulapitiya has been eroded by man made acitivities. Soil diggers have turned that to be a huge business. Most of them were crooks fo previous regime MP AnurudhDha someone from Dhilapitiya – his entire family is proved to have been connected to those illegal soil digings. c

          . This govt too, have not done the due against the kind of high criminals yet.
          They dont take these issues that serious for various reasons. In any other countries where law and order would have been above anything, these men would have been stoned to death, since, people are well aware of them today who to have destructed them. They dont need even courts to investigate them.
          In general those muddy lands should not be filled with soil so long professionals in geology, irrigation, mineralogy or the like areas would not give okay for it.
          The problem has been, if anyone was close to big henchmen of Rajaakshe, got okayed even if the responsible authoriteis vehimently against it.
          So, facts prove that there are over 10 000 or more constructions being underway, today in the vicinities of colombo, the disasters will definitely the case in the years to come.
          Like for example where higher buildings are no permitted to build, but to go for it cant work well. We cant go against the environment. We can just focus only on the canalisation near to colombo. Most of them are not properly maintained. Some work had been done by Gotabaya led so called Beautification project, butthat was not even 10%. .

  • 6
    0

    Good opportunity to show a giant Sri Lankan begging bowl. Register it in the Guinness’s record book .And where will the content of this begging bowl go at the end.

  • 1
    2

    Another flood, collection of relief goods, cry a bit and forget it in two weeks. What have the past govts: done to avert or minimize the damage in the future .Sweet, you know what. How many hillocks which were previously untouched and were instrumental in absorbing rainwater to be gradually released as streams have been allowed to be made homesteads by local politicians resulting in erosion of the surrounding areas. How many hectares of reservations have been diverted for so called development activities. It is happening even today. Environmental activists have advised that the Pinus trees should be eliminated from the hill country, but to no avail. Do we have a competent person as a minister for the environment, or at least a permanent secretary, I wonder. Were the environmental recommendations for the Southern Expressway followed? Can any shortcomings which were ignored then be rectified even now so that the next round of flooding will not be as destructive as the present?

    • 1
      0

      Yakooo people you are ignorant and greedy. Have you witnessed a landscaped english cottage- there is a place for all even mangey looking plants – as long as man is man variety will prevail.
      Pine is fast growing ( cutone plant 10) and used as lumber for pallets, furniture, chopsticks, manufacture of tea bags the use is endless. What did they use at plywood corporation when they made studs for doors. The wood database.
      http://www.wood-database.com/wood-articles/pine-wood-an-overall-guide/

  • 0
    0

    Anti Tamil activities and Tamil land occupation is more important than recovery program for the flood victims.. During Tsunami the military and its foreign helpers first and for most reestablished the military post than helping the affected people. unfortunately the disaster is mainly in the south. People will survive anyhow. North east also submerge in water soon with

  • 3
    2

    1983 riots were similar where innocent Tamils lost their lives, homes, businesses by marauding Sinhalese mobs. At that time, they even did not have any assistance because the State, Police, Armed Forces were all ganged against them. At that time, they did not get a “Sirasa” to come up to them and give them even a change of clothes or a bottle of water, they simply had to fend for themselves and hide. They had only god at that time on their side. They did not have a mobile medical clinic to clean the wounds and gashes with which they escaped from Sinhalese thugs. Many innocent Tamils never escaped, but were tortured by Sinhalese with glee until they died and then tossed with kerosene and burnt. Even after the holocaust was over, the State comprising of mainly Sinhalese did not have any remorse to what happened and those innocent Tamils could only curse to themselves why they were born in a country like Sri Lanka. It is with this relevance we see majority of Sinhalese today suffering and being displaced by natural disasters while much of the assistance for them come from minority and minority groups.

  • 1
    2

    These flooding are due to illegal settlements by the Muslims and Christians. I heard the same thing happened in Punjab. So how do we make sure this type of flooding doesn’t occur again ? Just kill the Muslims. Our hero Venereal Gnanasara also said the same regarding the Muslims.

    • 2
      0

      This is the other Jim softy.

  • 1
    0

    Will Sri Lanka and India compensate me for destroying my house /home, all my belongings , my occupation and my source of income as how fast and quick they send 3 ships for the aid of flood victims

  • 0
    1

    Sinhalese must punish war criminals otherwise God will continue punishing them!

    • 0
      0

      How about Tamil crimes?

Leave A Comment

Comments should not exceed 300 words. Embedding external links and writing in capital letters are discouraged. Commenting is automatically shut off on articles after 10 days and approval may take up to 24 hours. Please read our Comments Policy for further details. Your email address will not be published.