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Minister of Home Affairs Vajira Abeywardene today dismissed the claims made by his Cabinet colleague Patali Champika Ranawaka that the Southern Expressway had been the major cause for the recent floods.

“Some say that the Southern Expressway may have had a major impact on the recent floods but the real issue is mismanagement of rivers in the area,” Minister Abeywardene said.

Asked whether he would rate the statement made by Minister Ranawaka as a baseless one, Mr. Abeywardene said he would not call it a baseless one.

“Everyone has a right to express her or his ideas but what is important is to avoid natural disasters in the future,” he said. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Pathum Monday, 05 June 2017 10:48 AM

    This guy is rush to back MR.

    nirmalath Monday, 05 June 2017 01:48 PM

    How can someone without going in to detail express such views?expressway was built across land blocking the areas and it might be a cause for the flooding.The expressway should have been built on concrete poles clear of land, even though it is costly, Then it would not have blocked anything.

    Krishantha Gurunayake Monday, 05 June 2017 01:50 PM

    Most of our politicians want to stay in power. I respect minister Ranawaka for what he does as an educated politician. I too see this HW construction obstructing water flow contributes to increase flood effects.

    asitha Monday, 05 June 2017 02:00 PM

    Use your common sense.If you call it a dam water should get accumulated on one side only but the aerial pictures showed otherwise.You are just like that P C Ranawaka

    Booruwa Monday, 05 June 2017 07:17 PM

    Both Ministers are correct. The Southern Expressway was build with a useless environmental impact study that did not pass with local engineers. Our rivers and waterways are also not managed. Our ancient kings built engineering marvels to save every rain drop for later use, rather than sending them to the ocean. Our current generation cannot even maintain the Bierra or Bolgoda lake.

    Kadiya Monday, 05 June 2017 07:31 PM

    When nature unleashes its power no one can do anything about it. It is no use blaming anybody or finding excuses-nothing is ever foolproof!

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 05 June 2017 08:39 AM

    Both buffoons commenting are not experts in the field of civil

    Wijeratne Monday, 05 June 2017 08:56 AM

    It's definitely one of the causes of floods .How many bridges you see along the highway when you come from Colombo to Matara.hardly any, you are synthetic lawyer like your pal Namal .get some knowledge from people like Ranawakaranawake orMannapperuma mp.We need to rename the highway as Mahinda Namal dam.

    Andrew Pitugala Monday, 05 June 2017 09:07 AM

    All of them together are responsible and now they come up with their own theories.

    ANTON Monday, 05 June 2017 09:11 AM

    WHAT DOES THIS MAN KNOW ABOUT ENVIRONMENT , ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AND GEOLOGY.

    Mithra Monday, 05 June 2017 10:28 AM

    Abeywardene just talks to please MR and Co. What is said by Min.Ranawaka is very correct. Highways at some stage should be built on pillars (where necessary) allowing undisturbed water flow. Southern HW is acting as a dam and there is no second word to it.

    Nihal Amarasekera Monday, 05 June 2017 10:36 AM

    Politician try to attribute everything to politics but nature takes it's course.


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