Sri Lankans come together to support a family that lost everything in a wild elephant attack

Sri Lankans come together to support a family that lost everything in a wild elephant attack

Written by Staff Writer

20 Sep, 2021 | 9:53 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st); Though a majority of the population is at home during the pandemic, the people living in rural Sri Lanka continue to battle with their plethora of problems.

Last Friday was not a good day for the residents of Ulpathagama in Hasalaka.

Nelson Bandara who is a resident of this village stays up all night to protect his family and his home from wild elephants.

His one-year-old daughter was inside the house, when wild elephants encroached into the village, damaged their home, and ate the harvest that was stored inside.

It was almost a miracle that the occupants of this house survived that fateful day.

However, they were left with nothing.

“I have nowhere to go. I have nowhere to live. I have a 1 year old child. My wife is sick. I have nothing left to do. I can’t even feed them,” said Bandara.

News 1st reported the woes of these people to the country.

Warm-hearted Sri Lankans gathered around Gammadda and in less than three days, these people saw some respite to their troubles.

On Monday (20), a new foundation stone was laid for a house to be built for the Bandara family.

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