31st December 2018 15:56:13 Hours
Multifarious relief measures such as supply of cooked meals, dry rations, clothes, medicine, immediate needs and transport of patients, coupled with provision of post-flood assistance by way of cleaning homes, water wells, blocked waterways and removing of fallen trees and debris, etc are currently in place in flood-affected areas in Kilinochchi, although normalcy was fast returning to those livelihoods. Closely directed by Major General Ralph Nugera, Commander, Security Forces - Kilinochchi, a fair share of the relief project has been entrusted to the 57 Division, commanded by Major General Vijitha Ravipriya, General Officer Commanding, 57 Division since heavy damages have occurred to areas coming under the purview of the 57 Division in Kilinochchi.
Colombo Maha Karuna Buddhist Association and Manusath Derana project joined hands together with the Army to donate a stock of essentials for displaced personnel during a programme held on Friday (28) at Kandawali Maha Vidyalaya Relief Centre in Kilinochchi, coordinated by the General Officer Commanding, 57 Division. Commander, SF-KLN was present there to deliver those relief packets.
Members of the Maha Karuna Association including Ven Dr Karadetiyana Gunarathna Thero & Singaporeans with Manusath Derana officials, Brigade Commander, 573 Brigade, Commanding Officer, 1 Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment, gathered and arranged the donation project together with government officials. 300 plus affected civilians on this occasion received dry rations, school accessories, essential items for pregnant mothers, sanitary items, shoes, garments, etc.
Meanwhile, on the instructions of the Commander, Security Forces - Kilinochchi, Major General Ralph Nugera, troops are engaged in various relief projects in close cooperation with state authorities and other agencies.
Troops of the 57 Division under the Security Force Headquarters - Kilinochchi (SFHQ-KLN) in liaison with the 'Sunshine' Food Company in Jaffna on the directions of the Major General Vijitha Ravipriya, General Officer Commanding, 57 Division, supported the distribution of relief meal parcels, inclusive of rice, sugar, dhal, canned fish, noodles, biscuit packets, tea, Samaposha, flour and other daily needs among 800 plus flood victims in Rathnapuram, Barathipuram, Ponnagar, Indupuram, Uriyan and Korakkankaddu areas on Friday (28).
In the meantime, 6 Gemunu Watch troops under command to the 683 Brigade on Wednesday (26) using sand bags and other equipment, renovated and plastered the .the outflow opening of the Udayarkattu tank, situated in the general area of the 68 Division, close to Mullaittivu. Similarly, 591 Brigade under command to the Security Force Headquarters - Mullaittivu donated mineral water bottles to flood affected families in Selvapuram village with the cooperation of the Edinbarough (Pvt) Limited on Thursday (27).
Meanwhile, 50 troops of 14 Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment & 6 Sri Lanka National Guard of the 641 Brigade of the 64 Division under the SFHQ-MLT on Saturday (29) cleaned Mannakadal School, Pandarawani Community Hall which were used as temporary camps for displaced personnel due to adverse weather on the directions of the 64 Division GOC and under the supervision of the 641 Brigade Commander.
Troops of the 571 Brigade under 57 Division of the Security Force Headquarters - Kilinochchi (SFHQ-KLN) in liaison with the Manusath Derana and Ceylinco Insurance Co. Ltd, supported the distribution of relief meal parcels among 250 flood victims in Rathnapuram, Anandapuram and Barathipuram areas on Saturday (30).
Meanwhile, troops of the 573 Brigade in liaison with Ceylinco Insurance Co. Ltd distributed 150 dry ration packs among civilians in Pulliyanpokkanai Grama Niladari Division on Saturday (30).