Aranayaka landslide victims asked to leave school premises after long wait for homes

Aranayaka landslide victims asked to leave school premises after long wait for homes

Aranayaka landslide victims asked to leave school premises after long wait for homes

Written by Staff Writer

04 Jul, 2016 | 9:09 pm

One and half months have passed since the landslide on the Samasara Mountain in Aranayaka. However, authorities are yet to provide a roof above the heads of those who were displaced by the landslide and who are now on the verge of living on the streets.

A group of residents who lost their homes due to the landslide on the Samasara mountain have been sheltered at the Rivisanda Madya Vidyalaya. The decision taken by the District Development Committee to set up temporary camps to shelter the displaced at the school premises have drawn the opposition of the school students and parents.

They launched a demonstration o Monday as a mark of protest by obstructing the Aranayaka -Mawanella Main Road. While the parents protested on the road, the students joined the protest from the school premises.

Secretary to the Ministry of Education and the Commissioner of Examinations had instructed for temporary camps not to be set up at the school premises as a coordinating centre for the GCE Advanced Level Examination, four examination centres and a centre for the Grade 5 Scholarship Examination have been set up at the school.

Despite this notification, the district secretary has permitted for temporary shelters to be erected at the school premises, charged the protesters. The OIC of the Aranayaka Police arrived at the scene of the demonstration and held discussions with the protesters.

The protesters dispersed after the OIC announced that the project to set up temporary camps at the Rivisanda Madya Vidyalaya had been temporarily halted.A protester noted that it was the OIC of the Aranayaka Police who provided them with solutions, even though they informed the district secretary, there was no response from him.

The Kegalle District Secretary Abeywickrama Wanasuriya stated that a final decision regarding the project will be reached at the District Development Committee on Friday.

The Dikpitiya Muslim College which is also housing persons displaced by the Samarasara mountain landslide will reopen for academic activities next Wednesday.The District Secretary noted that the displaced persons will be housed at the Narangammana Vidyalaya and the Pallepamunuwa Vidyalaya which have been permanently closed.

One thousand four hundred and eleven (1411) persons belonging to 523 families who were relocated due to the Samasara Mountain landslide and the Aranayaka landslide are currently residing in eleven temporary camps.

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