Govt. ignored int'l storm warnings: JO

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Joint opposition MP Dinesh Gunawardane today asked in parliament why the government had ignored the international warning about the recent tropical storm issued three days ahead of the impending disaster.

He said the government agencies had only issued an advisory to the fishing community.

"This has not only dealt a severe blow to the people and the economy but had also tarnished the country's reputation among the tourist industry and the industrial and commercial sectors," the MP said.

He said the tropical storm had resulted in 14 people killed and several houses and power lines damaged or destroyed and hundreds of thousands of people displaced or homeless.

The MP said the government had not carried out its duty properly in this crisis situation and asked why the people were left in the dark about the impending disaster.

He asked what action the government would take to face future storms.

House Leader and Minister, Lakshman Kiriella said international agencies had not warned of stormy weather between of November 28 and 30 and had predicted that the atmospheric disturbance would result in a storm which was some 400 miles away from Sri Lanka towards West.

He said Meteorology Department had issued weather warnings to naval and fishing communities at the proper time which had prevented a huge disaster.

"We would have had to face a huge disaster if the fishing community was not informed about the strong winds and rough seas," the minister said. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)

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  • ceylon Monday, 04 December 2017 06:03 PM

    you are screaming day and night against international warnings.why now suddenly take the side of international warnings. via DM Android App

    fish monger Tuesday, 05 December 2017 04:23 AM

    You should have advice your fishing family goons or family to be away from fishing

    janaya Monday, 04 December 2017 06:37 PM

    MR. DG is talking rubbish since he has nothing to talk anything wise.....

    Ashok Monday, 04 December 2017 06:44 PM

    Dinesh Gunawardane acts and tells stupid things compared to his age and seniority. Meteorology Department issued warnings in timely manner. There was a atmospheric disturbance which later turned into a cyclone only after passing Sri lanka and we were caught up in the edge of the storm. Even now the second depression warning is available in their website

    johan Monday, 04 December 2017 09:55 PM

    DG because there is international and local warnings it does not mean that you sit invite a disaster to come.It is likely to change time to time.What happened to Meethotamulla earth slip etc. why you could not inform the residents

    roshan Monday, 04 December 2017 10:12 PM

    Thanks to SLFP DG won the seat this time...barking is better than this mans freaking in the parliament, talking like yesterday born babies... deshaduorkis , dont allow the people to prosper.

    Tharaka Monday, 04 December 2017 10:27 PM

    I thought for the JO anything international was a conspiracy!!

    Mark Tuesday, 05 December 2017 04:14 AM

    This one is a storm in a tea cup created by an empty vessel. The jokes on him and he does not realize it.

    Pibi Tuesday, 05 December 2017 06:06 AM

    DG it's high time you pack your bags and go home without talking nonsense.

    SAM Tuesday, 05 December 2017 11:02 AM

    He is the SHADOW PM


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