News1st visits natural disaster site Meeriyabedda – a forgotten people in tears during Avurudu (Watch Report)

News1st visits natural disaster site Meeriyabedda – a forgotten people in tears during Avurudu (Watch Report)

Written by Staff Writer

12 Apr, 2015 | 8:58 pm

Over the recent past many areas were affected by natural disasters which not only claimed lives, but also displaced many.

News 1st visited an area that was affected by a natural disaster over six months ago. The visit was to look in to how these people are preparing to mark the dawn of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.

The bitter memories of the natural disaster which transformed Koslanda i to a mound of earth were forgotten temporarily as 97 affected families were moved to the Makanda Camp in the Ampitiya Estate.

Over 300 people are living in 10×10 feet , 55 rooms.

Their lives touched us as they broke in to a cordial conversation and broke down in tears when they saw the News 1st team reach their temporary shelter.

It’s been six months since this tragedy etched a mark in their lives. The lighting system that provided a form of a sight in this camp , stopped working over three days ago. leaving these people in total darkness when the sun sets.

Rather than a notice depicting the auspicious times of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year what is displayed on the wall of this camp are temporary death certificates.

The people who moved from Meeriyabedda to Ampitiya have been compelled to let go of their children’s education and their means of employment because of the difficulty of traveling 17 kilometres across a rough terrain.

As seeds that grow on a different patch of earth, these children are attempting to continue their studies at a new location. This attempt made by these children clearly defines that they are the future.

Over in Meeriyabedda, nothing has changed, except of the bitter memories that continue to haunt the area.

Meanwhile, the housing complex that was promised to be built for these people has been limited to simple a foundation stone on a barren land with only dried leaves and branches occupying the land.

Yet, these pale faces continue to tell a different story.

The residents of Meeriyabedda who witnessed the loss of life and property are continuing to survive with hope simply by gazing at the remnants of the natural disaster.

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