Friday, February 11, 2011

Victimized People of Central Province by Torrential Rain and Landslides

Torrential rain is devastating the central region of our country from the dawn of the New Year. Hundreds of deaths, destruction of several billion worth of residencies and crops were completely destroyed due to this calamity.

Landslides occurred in Kandy, Matale and Nuwara Eliya districts with irreparable loss to lives and properties. Over hundred thousands trees were uprooted. Roads and crops were damaged and most areas especially paddy fields were still under water. Most of the low lying areas are still inundated by floods. As a result, thousands of people had to displace from their dwellings.

Seven people lost their lives and seven houses were completely damaged due to a landslide with a huge rock at Rajasinghe Mawatha, Gatambe-Kandy. As a result of this landslide, 17 people were displaced and they were referred to Gatambe Pansala and from there they were transferred to Municipal Community Centre. Our organization provided cooked food, medicines, mats, pillows and blankets on the 11th of January 2011.

So many villages at Kandalama area in Dambulla were inundated by major flood. 100 people at Atuparayaya village at Dambulla and 65 people at Velihena in Palwehera were displaced due to flood. They were temporarily settled in the Atuparayaya Viharasthanaya. Our organization distributed cooked food among these displaced people. Rev. Fr. Desmond, Parish Priest of St. Anthony’s Church, Rotawewa and Rev. Nayaka Thero of Etawarahena Viharasthanaya contributed for this meritorious at.

59 Families were removed from the risk area of Haatale upper division in Panwila Divisional Secretary’s area and temporarily settled down at Tamil Vidyalaya. They were provided with cooked food by ‘SETIK’ organization. Rev. Fr. Christy Paul’s contribution was also received for this meritorious act.

A large number of houses have been damaged at Punchi Rattota, Maussagolla and Bodhikotuwa in the Divisional Secretary’s area of Rattota in Matale District due to torrential rain.About 75 families have been received instructions from Building Research Institute to vacate their homes, where they had been living for generations. Dried rations were distributed among 58 families on 18th January 2011 by Rev. Fr. Camillus D. Jansz, Director, ‘SETIK’ organization. The Divisional Secretary of Rattota and her staff rendered their fullest cooperation on this occasion. Rev. Fr. Roshan Almeda, Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Church Rattota was also present for this occasion.

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