Monaragala District Sri Lanak Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) MP Shasheendra Rajapaksa has merely escaped with life in an accident at Pubbarawa, Medagama, Bibigala.
The MP had tried to cross the shoe bridge of Pubbarawa, as he was traveling in his jeep in the area, during which there was a slight flood sweeping his jeep away amid the heavy rains in Monaragala. Reports claimed that water has flowed in through the jeep's shutters into the vehicle.
MP Rajapaksa, however, has managed to survive the accident due to the efforts by the villagers nearby. People have rushed to the spot and rescued Mr. Rajapaksa and his group who were swept away by the floods. The jeep, however, could not be saved.
In response to the recent allegations that a massive eco damage is being committed throughout the island, the government went on emphasising that such propaganda is false and is defamatory to the good image of the government. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa also stated in a recently held Discussion With The Village program that the government was being subject to various defamatory attacks by political groups capturing the environment.
Minister Chamal Rajapaksa, however, told the public at a recently held ceremony in Hambantota that China has already been assigned to build two small tanks in the Sinharaja Forest. Two tanks with a capacity of 05 acres are to be constructed to provide drinking water to the people of Hambantota District, he revealed. In prevention of the eco damage caused by this project, about 100 acres of land would be prepared for cultivation, especially rubber, he added.
Had it been an irony of fate expressed by Mother Nature, when Chamal Rajapaksa proposes to clear out a High Security Zone of a World Heritage for a development project, when Shashendra Rajapaksa, his own son, was swept away by floods? Is this Mother Nature's way of warning us of the dangers lie ahead?
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