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No coffins for Ayagama landslide victims

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Five villagers, who perished in a landslide at Kolambewa in Ayagama, were buried without coffins or funeral rites.

In the landslide, about ten acres of land in Muninkanda situated between Kalutara and Ratnapura buried eight members of two families.

Five bodies including that of 62-year-old M.V. Gunawathie were recovered by army personnel during search operations carried out up to Monday.

“Seven members of our family and another were buried under the Muninkanda landslide. After several days, four bodies were found. We buried the bodies in Ayagama without coffins. The body of aunty Gunawathie was found later in an advanced state of decomposition. There is nothing we can do. We are helpless and can’t afford to purchase coffins. We have informed the officials but even they appear helpless," 26-year-old K. Dimuthu said.

K. Ravindra, a brother of two of the deceased women said no one except for police and army personnel came to their aid.

The bodies had been buried wrapped in polythene.(Txt and pics by Bandu Thambavita)

  Comments - 10

  • Shelly. Tuesday, 30 May 2017 07:11 PM

    We cant come because we are told no vehicle purchases due to money diverted to flooded areas. We may try to come next year when new vehicles are given. Politicikkas. via DM Android App

    DHA Tuesday, 30 May 2017 07:26 PM

    So sad....

    ceylon Tuesday, 30 May 2017 07:37 PM

    truthfully speakingafter death coffin serve what purpose . via DM Android App

    Claude Peries Tuesday, 30 May 2017 08:18 PM

    Minsters Vehicles , PM USA , People dust to dust .

    double Game player Tuesday, 30 May 2017 08:27 PM

    PM is in USA without seeing all these. This yahapalanaya is very useless. Even MR regime also same. We do not know is good for people

    Kadiya Wednesday, 31 May 2017 06:38 AM

    MR and the JO could help out without complaining!

    Ajja Wednesday, 31 May 2017 08:12 AM

    They remember all of you during election time for sure.Shameless lot.... wonder whether they are wearing clothes?????

    TRUE Wednesday, 31 May 2017 08:44 AM

    very true.

    Nadeesha Wednesday, 31 May 2017 09:19 AM

    This is what we have achieved after independence.

    Rasheed Wednesday, 31 May 2017 01:43 PM

    Try either SF or JVP next time.

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