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“Government has taken all measures to mitigate the magnitude of any disaster”
– Minister of Disaster Management

[Updated :: 2010-12-27 13:15:20 Hours]  

“Sri Lankan government by now has been able to provide shelter to all who were left homeless due to Tsunami disaster in 2004. Although Jaffna experienced comparatively lesser sufferings in the catastrophe, costal lands including fishing harbours were affected. Nevertheless, the country is heading for rapid development under the leadership of His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa.” These facts came to limelight when the Swadeshiya Sevaya of Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) arranged live coverage of the “Subharathi” educative programme from the Civil Affairs and Public Relations Office Jaffna on Sunday (26.12.2010).

The Programme coincided the National Safety Day held in Jaffna on Sunday. Hon. Minister of Disaster Management Mr. Mahinda Amaraweera and Commander Security Forces – Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe participated in the live broadcast.

Minister Amaraweera revealed that his Ministry is not confined only to its parameter of Disaster Management but hither to distributed agricultural equipment worth over Rs. 8 million to farmers in Jaffna. In addition Rs. 80000 million has been allotted for Jaffna development projects by the government sector. Minister further stated that the vision of then Prime Minister was to convert the Tsunami catastrophe to an opportunity to develop the country in all spheres.

Commander SF-J Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe airing his views on the commendable role played by the Security Forces during the 2004 national calamity said the soldiers took steps to drive the shock and fear away from the victims with their immediate presence in the affected places saving many lives and properties of civilians. They were bold enough to go to places where others found it difficult to reach to save stranded civilians. SF-J Commander said even in the post Tsunami rehabilitation programme of the government, Army gave its fullest support to the civil administrative authorities in respective areas. He stressed that defeating terrorism by the Armed Forces alone was a major disaster preventing as many lives and properties would have been lost if that situation was allowed to continue.

This popular educative programme went on for one hour from 7.00 a.m to 8.00 a.m.


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