Meeriyabedda landslide victims stage demonstration in Bandarawela

Meeriyabedda landslide victims stage demonstration in Bandarawela

Written by Staff Writer

01 Nov, 2015 | 9:49 pm

People who were left homeless by the Meeriyabedda landslide and people at risk of losing their homes to landslides, staged a demonstration in Bandarawela on Sunday.

Dozens were killed and homes were flattened following the landslide in Meeriyabedda last year. There are still about 30 families living on the hillside. They continue to live here with nowhere else to go, under the ever present shadow of death.

A notice issued by the Haldummulla Divisional Secretary recently calling on these people to evacuate due to the risk of landslides, but makes no mention of where they should go.

Although authorities have made many promises with regard to the people of Meeriyabedda, the people still living on the earth under which dozens of their brethren were buried. They still don’t have a roof over their heads.

The people of Meeriyabedda converged in the Bandarawela town on Sunday. The Chief Minister of the Uva Province, Chamara Sampath, who arrived at the scene, contacted the Minister of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development, P. Digambaram, over the phone and informed him of the situation.

Angered by the response they received from the political authorities, the people continued their demonstration into the evening.

 

 

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