Together in tough times
On May 15, Sri Lanka started experiencing heavy rains because of a
sudden change in the weather along with a cyclone called 'Roanu'. This
bad weather caused several natural disasters in our country including
floods and several landslides.
areas experienced floods because of the unexpected rains. Neighbourhoods
were surrounded with water and many people were so badly affected that
they had to leave their homes and evacuate to temporary shelters. Some
were trapped in their homes and had to be rescued by brave Navy officers
According to the government, 288,307 people were affected by these
most serious disaster was a major landslide in the village of Aranayake,
in the Kegalle district. Twenty seven people were killed in this
landslide including children. The Tri Forces sprung into action and
launched a massive rescue mission to search for possible survivors. They
worked day and night to help the affected people. Sadly, some of the
missing were never found.
Despite the devastation, what was most admirable was the sense of
community feeling among all Sri Lankans during this tough time. Many
people, rich and poor, adults and even children donated food, dry
rations, water and lots of other things to the people who had lost
everything in the floods and landslides. Some people even helped the
Navy to rescue trapped people, while others took boats and ventured out
in search of animals who were also affected by the floods.
the rains ceased, volunteers helped families to move into their homes by
cleaning their houses. Kind-hearted people continued to donate household
items, school books, clothes and other items needed for the affected
people to restart their lives.
This disaster showed us how generous Sri Lankans can be as they put
aside all their differences and came together in the face of adversity.
Pix: Saman Sri Wedage