Meeriyabedda residents to continue fast; supply of cooked food discontinued

Meeriyabedda residents to continue fast; supply of cooked food discontinued

Meeriyabedda residents to continue fast; supply of cooked food discontinued

Written by News 1st

29 Nov, 2014 | 8:32 am

Residents who were affected by the landslide in Meeriyabedda, Koslanda charge that they will not end their fast till proper facilities are provided. The residents commenced a fast opposite the Makanada tea factory in Punagala claiming that the supply of cooked food to the affected has been halted.  A large number of people seeking shelter in the tea factory have also joined the fast.

They point out that the facilities provided to them are inadequate. Residents charge that the authorities have failed to provide proper facilities though it has been a month since the disaster.

When News1st made an inquiry from the Assistanct Director of the Badulla District Disaster Management Centre E.L.M. Udayakumara, he said that the cooked meals supplied to them for an entire month was stopped on Friday.

However, he said that steps were taken to provide them with all facilities including dry rations and utensils required to cook their own meals.  Meanwhile, Minister of Disaster Management Mahinda Amaraweera said that steps would be taken to provide permanent shelter to the displaced within six months.

Thirty seven (37) persons disappeared in the landslide which occurred in the Meeriyabedda, Koslanda area on October 29. Thirteen bodies were found during search operations that were carried out in the area.

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