Written by News 1st
08 Nov, 2014 | 9:35 pm
A decision has been taken to call off the search operation for those missing in the Koslanda landslide within the next two days.
Where muddy water flowed at the landslide site in Koslanda, there now flows a fresh stream of water, thanks to the efforts of the armed forces during the eleven-day search operation.
The armed forces are now restoring the Koslanda – Poonagala road which falls across Meeriyabedda. However, the horrors of the landslide still remain stuck in the minds of those who bore the brunt of this tragedy.
In search operations conducted on Friday, relief teams were able to recover the cooking equipment from houses buried under the rubble.Fourteen (14) bodies have been pulled out of the rubble so far.
Meanwhile, Minister of Disaster Management Mahinda Amaraweera visited the Poonagala Tamil College which is providing shelter to the displaced. The people had urged the Minister that search operations for those buried under the rubble be called off.
Speaking in this regard, Minister of Disaster Management, Mahinda Amaraweera said the following:
[quote]We asked them what their other requirements were. They clearly stated that there is no point in searching for their relatives anymore. Because they are beyond recognition, it only worsens their misery. So, we will heed their request and we hope to call off the operation following discussions with the army. Moreover, we also plan to carry out a meritorious deed on behalf of them on the 13th of this month.[/quote]
During his visit to Poonagala, Minister Amaraweera said that the people will be given permanent residence and the necessary household equipment.
[quote]We have taken full responsibility of the children who were orphaned. For the other children we will put forward a scholarship scheme and have also opened bank accounts for these families. We have already opened accounts with a deposit of 25,000 rupees each. The government also plans to grant an additional fund for these people.[/quote]
The minister also inspected the building in the Makanda area in Poonagala which is under renovation to provide temporary shelter to those currently housed at the Poonagala Tamil College.
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