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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday instructed health authorities to look at the possibility of allocating a dry land in any part of the country to allow burials of COVID-19 victims following increasing requests by the Muslim community to halt cremation of Muslim victims.

The Daily Mirror learns that the matter was discussed in the cabinet meeting last evening, and President Rajapaksa along with some of the cabinet of ministers had discussed the burial procedures which are presently taking place in other countries.

The matter was initially raised by Justice Minister Ali Sabry at the cabinet meeting after which the matter was discussed and the President signaled that Sri Lanka too would look to follow the burial procedures practiced by other countries.

The Daily Mirror learns that health authorities will now look at allocating a suitable dry land even as far as the East for the Muslim community to bury victims of COVID-19. The matter will be discussed between the health authorities and the Muslim religious leaders.

Sri Lanka so far only cremated all COVID-19 deaths.(JAMILA HUSAIN)

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  • BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 10 November 2020 10:33 AM

    We are having another Trump in this country, stating the most hilarious.

    lal Tuesday, 10 November 2020 10:38 AM

    If there is a will there is a way. All human issues require a human solution.

    Ahamed Sultan Tuesday, 10 November 2020 10:41 AM

    Good idea Sir. Really appreciate this proposal.

    George Perera - from Polanaruwa Tuesday, 10 November 2020 10:45 AM

    Mythiripala Sirisena owns so many lands which are dried at Polanaruwa unused. Moreover, these are really public lands which MS encroached illegally when he was our President Better select those lands for this purpose.

    Mohamed Alli Lebbe Tuesday, 10 November 2020 10:47 AM

    Yes, now this is the first move to satisfy Rishad, Hakeem and other Muslim MP's who always grumble. Then you could have more support Hon. President.

    Ronnie Bugger Tuesday, 10 November 2020 10:59 AM

    The logic of this is - the President wants legislation of the 20th amendment to become the Dictator he wants to be. For this to happen he wants the support of Ali Sabry, Justice Minister. Ali Sabry raised this burial against cremation issue recently in Parliament which will be allowed and to hell with the cremations.

    Generous Tuesday, 10 November 2020 01:25 PM

    Transport by helicopter free

    lankan Tuesday, 10 November 2020 01:29 PM

    20 Support is Working.

    Hamid Tuesday, 10 November 2020 01:36 PM

    Thanks sir, we are reaping what we sow in 20A,others also we take one by one

    Ahamed Tuesday, 10 November 2020 02:44 PM

    A real leader

    Ups Tuesday, 10 November 2020 03:24 PM

    We had a narrow shave, when the way Thondaman's funeral had done for political requirement, this could be a another political decision, rich keep in whole population of the country under risk

    Truth Win Tuesday, 10 November 2020 03:25 PM

    This is really pathetic. I really cant see who is fooling whom? First of all, I curse the doctors who supported the point that burial cannot make in Sri Lanka. These doctors are thugs and donkeys. Just as an ordinary human being image how SL cannot bury covid-19 death while Maldives, Kerala (similar landscape like SL), and many other Islands and tropical countries are burying Covid-19 death bodies? US allocated an Island for this purpose. First, it is to revenge Muslim community and second to receive their votes by blackmail them this way. Those all involved in this course should die like street dogs - no mercy on them.

    Em Tuesday, 10 November 2020 03:42 PM

    Pfizer : you (Muslims) should buy our vaccine soon to not to die by COVID and get cremated.

    Anthony. R Tuesday, 10 November 2020 04:00 PM

    Hilarious,

    Abdul Cader Misrul Lafir Tuesday, 10 November 2020 04:01 PM

    President, Honored sir. Muslim are worried to go hospital even sick. Due to cremation. we like you and love for your strong leadership. Pls grant Muslim to be buried.

    MUNAS Tuesday, 10 November 2020 05:48 PM

    BURY THEM AT TOP OF A MOUNTAIN BURY THEM AT ADAMS PEAK

    Kanday Tuesday, 10 November 2020 08:45 PM

    why are muslims so fixed with their religious beliefs? why cant they be a little flexible?

    M. Sivanandha Tuesday, 10 November 2020 08:53 PM

    Burial has to consider two aspects of soils - porosity and permeability. The two are not the same. Dry land is generally porous and permeable, not a good combination for this purpose. Please do not haul the remains of these deceased and create a common assembly of burial of people from all parts of the country and deprive their loved ones the wish to be able to pay their respects when safety returns. This Civil Engineer is suggesting a solution. Let the body be buried in the locale of the person. In addition to sealing the container well, go deeper and wider, line all around with thick layer of clay and cap with say one or two feet of compacted clay. This will prevent the transmission. The virus will self destruct after some time. I am sure the Task Force authorities are capable of supervising and enforcing strict adherence.

    MN Tuesday, 10 November 2020 09:36 PM

    Why government take this issue again, it's sort out by professionals by the best way it should happen,why bring in politics to it


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