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The Government called on the public to assist over 800,000 people affected by the floods. The DMC asked the public to donate essential items to centers that will be set up shortly.

“Water, clothing, dry rations and infant foods are the most essential items that are needed at the moment by those affected in the Polonnaruwa district,” said Minister Maithripala Sirisena. The minister said that items could be handed over to the district karchcheri. (NH)

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  • Truth Exposed Tuesday, 11 January 2011 06:08 AM

    Certainly, the public will want to give whatever assistance they could if proper channels exist in all unaffected areas.

    lanka Tuesday, 11 January 2011 06:12 AM

    How can people help affected people even they are also struggling to live (with high cost of living).

    suwantha Tuesday, 11 January 2011 07:16 AM

    actually this is a pathetic appeal .these ministrymen can buy jagur from public funds but cant donate flood victims .full blame should go to srilankan voters who voted these selfish dirty politicians.

    suwantha Tuesday, 11 January 2011 07:19 AM

    srilankans will never learn a lesson.they are repeating same.

    kumudu Tuesday, 11 January 2011 07:24 AM

    Arrange 5million each minister a loan and ask them to settle the loan. They may settle in one installment. I no they are Natioanlist. They will contribute, need only a request.

    Ram Tuesday, 11 January 2011 07:33 AM

    What have the politicians contributed? Have they even offered a weeks pay to help the flood victims. Always it is the call for the public who whatever the occasion.

    spark Tuesday, 11 January 2011 07:38 AM

    Can we have all ministers including the President donating 50% of their wages this month on this issue as an exemplary gesture.

    Jix Tuesday, 11 January 2011 07:39 AM

    You have a point but when disaster strikes like this, we have to find a way to help alleviate human suffering. It would help if the private sector steps up as well. We have all done this before and I think our people are inclined to give regardless of how little they might have.

    upul Tuesday, 11 January 2011 07:37 AM

    Might be a good idea to start by showing pictures of Government Ministers handing over their donations, big ones!.

    oyage podi guru Tuesday, 11 January 2011 03:12 PM

    He went to sell his Jaguar to raise relief money.

    Ananda Tuesday, 11 January 2011 07:41 AM

    I hope the Sri Lankan missions abroad will take the initiative and actively canvass support from expatriate Sri Lankans in those countries, for financial support, to assist the victims of fllood damage. It is high time that some of these missions, incliding honorary Consular officials, made some contribution to the development of Sri Lanka.

    Hamlet Tuesday, 11 January 2011 07:49 AM

    We have yet to see the President or Ministers visiting the flood affected areas

    willows Tuesday, 11 January 2011 07:50 AM

    this is how we are being treated by mother nature for all the unjustice we did and the way we showed our gratitude towards people who deserved???

    Hillary Tuesday, 11 January 2011 07:59 AM

    Where is the public relations minister? Is he hiding?

    FromBatticaloa Tuesday, 11 January 2011 08:01 AM

    Government take more interest in Ampara & Polonnaruwa districts than the people in Batticaloa, they also badly affected same as the people affected from other districts. Please don't discriminate, after all we are Sri Lankans....

    Enlightened Tuesday, 11 January 2011 08:19 AM

    What about the Ministers and MPs who enjoy luxury life in our tax money? Won't they help the victims? I have not heard any news as such.

    saman Tuesday, 11 January 2011 03:58 PM

    now gosl wants NGO's back ...

    lankaputha Tuesday, 11 January 2011 08:19 AM

    I still cannot understand the reason why people always ask for water bottles. It is the same cost or higher to transport water bottles to the effected areas, instead, why can't the people find drinking water and transport them in bowsers. Any Bottle business in back door?

    saman Tuesday, 11 January 2011 04:04 PM

    my dear roads are flooded , thats why we can take you big bowser !

    I Hussein Tuesday, 11 January 2011 08:36 AM

    This is the time to demonstrate the unity.
    Keep the differences away and help each other.
    Its an emergency period, govt must set up centres in each town/city and collect essential and basic items to help the effected people.
    A public request must be made by the president opposition leader and other party leaders to public. i am sure every one will contribute from their level.

    ruwan Tuesday, 11 January 2011 09:05 AM

    Government more happy to stay with crickerters than with flood victems that is why asking public help.

    citizen1 Tuesday, 11 January 2011 05:05 PM

    Atleast they are asking for food and clothing. I would become worried if they started asking for funds (for obvious reasons)

    lankaputha Tuesday, 11 January 2011 09:11 AM

    yeap, from the day the auths been taken, it is pouring.

    Rana Tuesday, 11 January 2011 09:11 AM

    Bottom line is reduce no of minstes from 108 to 25 and their costs and take that money instead of asking from suffering general public.

    President Tuesday, 11 January 2011 05:40 PM

    Can you also donate 50% of your salary before asking others?
    - M.R.

    NeomalNeomal Tuesday, 11 January 2011 09:21 AM

    Yes we will help. However::

    The Government, after raising the prices of food items is now asking the public to help out. Is this part of 'Asiyawe Aischarya'?

    malkanthi Tuesday, 11 January 2011 09:34 AM

    He is being rebellious due to personality problem, not worth challenging!

    Naleen Pradeep Tuesday, 11 January 2011 09:50 AM

    Sri lankans are always keen to help others, specially when a disaster.ex: tsunami. But the current situation is they also have to think twice before they give something to others. That is not selfishness, but, in this type of cost of living, majority can't bear additional expenses now.

    anpan Tuesday, 11 January 2011 11:13 AM

    Where is the govt? Is there a govt in this country?

    citizen1 Wednesday, 12 January 2011 06:17 AM

    they don't seem to have a clue!


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