Flood victims express anger on public servants for lack of relief in Batticaloa
[TamilNet, Sunday, 30 January 2011, 20:07 GMT]
Civilians in Batticaloa district have started to show their anger on government servants for the failure to provide relief as promised by Colombo authority. The latest attack on a Village Officer of Makizhadith-theevu in Paddipazhai DS division in Batticaloa district took place Friday while he was in the act of distributing relief items donated by a non-governmental organization. Over five hundred thousand flood affected people in Poaratheevup-pattu, Paddippazhai, Vavu'na-theevu, Ea'raavoor-pattu, and Chengkaladi in Paduvaankarai DS division have not been provided with relief materials properly. Meanwhile, the district has started to experience another round heavy torrential rain since last week. Hence the spill gates of Unnichchai and U'rukaamam irrigation tanks have been opened to allow excess water.
Madasamy Wijekumar, the village officer was first admitted to the Makizhadith-theevu hospital and later transferred to the Batticaloa Teaching Hospital. He has lodged complaints with the police, the Government Agent of the district and the Divisional Secretary of the area.
All the villages in the fourteen DS divisions of the district had been affected by flood.
Non-governmental organizations have been providing some relief and not by the government sector amid announcement by the Deputy Resettlement Minister Vinayagamoorthy Muraltharan alias Karuna, leader of a paramilitary group that several hundred thousand rupees had been allocated by the central government.
Affected people have been holding agitation campaign against deputy ministers of the Colombo government and the Chief Minister of the eastern province in the DS divisions of Koara'laip-pattu, Ea'raavoor-pattu, Chengkaladi, Ma'nmunai-pattu, Ma'nmunai Then Eruvil-pattu.
India, China and UN organizations have donated several million rupees for flood relief.
But not even one percent of the donation has been spent to the flood victims in the three districts in the eastern province, civil sources in the district say.