16 July, 2019

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Water Levels Recede In Flood-Affected Sri Lanka, As Death Toll Increases To 82

Water levels across flood-affected Sri Lanka, including in and around Colombo continued to recede over the weekend, as the death toll from the floods and landslides increased to 82. The Disaster Management Centre on Sunday said that 111 continued to be missing, 242,927 people from 57,590 families were displaced, while the total number of those affected from floods and landslides stood at 348,476.

Flood Sri Lanka 2016The Irrigation Department said that over the next couples of days, the water levels in the Kelaniya River should return to around five feet. By noon today, the water levels in the river had dropped to six feet, a foot below from the flood level.

The United Nations extended its continued support to Sri Lanka, with a UN Spokesman in New York saying that the UN office in Colombo was strengthening the local UN coordination on the ground, while also helping international agencies in mobilizing effort to provide flood relief to the victims.

Meanwhile, Pakistan dispatched a field hospital to Sri Lanka, with a capacity of 30 beds, with 17 doctors, along with other relief material and food items for victims. The field hospital includes operating theatres, x-ray machines, and laboratories.

The torrential rains over the past few days has however has help fill up the country’s reservoirs up to 75 percent, helping the government generate more electricity from hydro sources instead of thermal sources. Due to the high water levels in the reservoirs, more than 50 percent of the current electricity supply generated in Sri Lanka was from hydro.

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    “The United Nations extended its continued support to Sri Lanka, with a UN Spokesman in New York saying that the UN office in Colombo was strengthening the local UN coordination on the ground, while also helping international agencies in mobilizing effort to provide flood relief to the victims.”

    That is good, as long as they do not give any money directly to the politicians for distribution. Our politicians unashamedly will pocket any money given to them.

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      No Money should be given to the politicians. We all know how the Tsunami funds been deposited to the Prime minister’s Hambanthota fund by the Previous Govt. of Mahinda Rajapakse and that money was used at the Presidential election by MR.

      We are confident that The righteous Govt. of President Mithripala Sirisena will use the foreign funds to people really affected.

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      BBS
      Not only the Politicians who fiddles the money , the so called protectors of the people called the Police service is corrupted from the top to the bottom.
      They have a hand in almost every crimes of the country, to commit , manipulate and execute.
      We created this corrupt POLICE SERVICE TOO AS WE DID CREATE THE POLITICIANS.

      SAME AS THEY FIDDLED WITH THAJUDEEN CASE.

      THE CORRUPT POLICE IS INVOLVED WITH ALL SORTS OF CRIME INCLUDING RAPE AND MURDERS .

      THE WOMAN IN RED T SHIRT AND HER THUGS NEAR THE KELANI BRIDGE ” CLIP “COLLECTING DONATIONS IN THE NAME OF THE FLOOD VICTIMS AND THEN SELL IN BYAGAMA MARKET.

      WHO IS BEHIND THESE THIEVES?? The sacred police of SL??

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      “UN office in Colombo was strengthening the local UN coordination on the ground, while also helping international agencies in mobilizing effort to provide flood relief to the victims.”

      Another windfall for the Politicians!

      “So 225 parliamentarians * 25m = Rs. 5,625M. So, the government has offered 2.66% of the LOST REVENUE only as floor relief.”

      “Put another way, they gave THEMSELVES a Rs. 20m*225 = Rs. 4,500M cash bonus in April. Flood relief is 3.33% of that.”

      So, if given to politicians, they will distribute 3.33%, and keep 96.7% for themselves.

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-floods-get-me-a-pencil/

      What a hefty cut!

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