You could have called me; Mervyn Silva tells the weather-affected (Video)

You could have called me; Mervyn Silva tells the weather-affected (Video)

Written by News 1st

07 Jun, 2014 | 10:01 pm

The Disaster Management Centre says that 110,743 persons or 26,992 families have been affected by the extreme weather conditions that have battered several areas.

Residents from seventeen houses in the Gongithota area in Wattala have been evacuated and have sought refuge in a school in the area. They stated that the principal of the school has requested them to vacate the premises.

Minister of Public Relations and Public Affairs, Mervyn Silva visited the school.

The following are excerpts of the conversation that took place between Minister Mervyn Silva and the residents affected by the inclement weather.

Public :

[quote]We did not receive food yesterday…[/quote]

Minister Mervyn Silva:

[quote]Please listen to me, I am still alive and you could have called me.[/quote]

Public :

[quote]We were asked to leave this place.[/quote]

Minister Mervyn Silva:

[quote]No one leaves this place until I tell you to. Now if the flood waters receded and you can return home then it is your duty to do so. Do not try to always live by receiving aid and begging.[/quote]

Meanwhile, the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health states that there is a risk of communicable diseases spreading and has urged residents of affected areas to take precautions when utilising water.

Furthermore, the unit added that there is a rapid spread of Dengue as a result of the weather conditions.

The Department of Meteorology states that, thundershowers could be experienced in the Central, Sabaragamuwa, western provinces as well as the Galle and Matara Districts over the next sixteen hours.

The department goes on to note that within this time period, the sea areas off the coast extending from Kankesanthurai to Puttalam may experience winds with speeds of upto 70-80 kmph.

As a result of this, the Met. Department requests the fishing community to remain vigilant when setting out to sea.

The Disaster Management Centre says that 110,743 persons or 26,992 families have been affected by the extreme weather conditions that have battered several areas.

The Kalutara district remains the most affected. However flood waters reported from most parts of the district are now receding. The Disaster Management Centre states that 77,203 individuals belonging to 18,634 families in the Kalutara district have been affected due to extreme weather conditions.

Meanwhile, residents of Ambagaskanda, Mahagama area in Agalawatte who were affected by the inclement weather are continuing to face difficulties in securing food and lodging.

Incidentally, three persons died as a result of landslides in the area.

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