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Party leaders today decided to end Parliament sessions at 2 p.m. to allow the MPs to supervise rescue operations and distribution of relief among flood and landslide victims.

The decision to end sessions early was made as MPs from the Opposition and the Government benches urged for swift action to help victims of landslides and floods.

Leader of the Joint Opposition Parliamentary Group Dinesh Gunawardane said immediate action had to be taken to provide assistance to the victims of what seemed to be the worst floods since 2003.

Government MP Buddhika Pathirana also called for action stating that several districts have already gone under water.

JVP Member Nihal Gallapathi suggested that the session should be suspended enabling the MPs to go and help the victims of their respective constituencies.

Minister Lakshman Kiriellla who responded said measure had already been taken by the tri-forces to rescue the victims and to provide relief. He said boats and aircraft had been provided for rescue operations. (By Yohan Perera)


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  • Appu Friday, 26 May 2017 02:20 PM

    Can legilators workout a formula to overcome floods than talking or taking actions after it happened via DM Android App

    ceylon Friday, 26 May 2017 02:37 PM

    how quick response.why not this type of hurry for other things . via DM Android App

    sam Friday, 26 May 2017 02:37 PM

    Yes absolutely they will pass a formula to increase their wages and buy luxury vehicles rather than serving the people. via DM iOS App

    ransam Friday, 26 May 2017 03:13 PM

    When there are no problems, politicians will struggle to collect preferential votes.

    pradeep Friday, 26 May 2017 03:12 PM

    which ministers and MPs gets into the water to help the people. like school kids is tis a reason to close parliament. they only announce relief. simply wasting the parliamentary time. fooling people. army will take care of us. via DM Android App

    TRANSPORT Friday, 26 May 2017 03:22 PM

    TO RUSH WHY NOT EACH BE GIVEN A HELICOPTER. THE VEHICLES THEY HAVE "IMPORTED" ARE IMPOTENT FOR FLOOD RELIEF WORK ! - on second thoughts two helicopters per MP may be better !

    Ajja Friday, 26 May 2017 03:41 PM

    Can the Government in power say what improvements they did in the city after 2016 floods..I think nothing...

    NAF Friday, 26 May 2017 04:00 PM

    Parliament Closed MPs Hiding

    seqi Friday, 26 May 2017 05:17 PM

    can any of these supervise an empty paper bag via DM Android App

    ceylon Friday, 26 May 2017 05:28 PM

    it is a good news.better close it permenantly.only doing there is wasting billions and l spread lies. via DM Android App

    Dee Friday, 26 May 2017 06:16 PM

    And what was done since. 2003 to face a similar calamity? Highway built and now the interchanges are flooding.

    Mason Friday, 26 May 2017 07:17 PM

    Sorry folks, some of your luxury vehicles are still not available to take you home.

    seqi Sunday, 28 May 2017 12:32 AM

    If theres capital to be made theres a scramble for the exits....run run you little rats....dont forget to change into your pussycat suites...make miaoow noises and out will come saucers of thick cream.....prrrrrrr...prrrrr.... via DM Android App


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