Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said in Parliament yesterday that there was no need for foreign assistance or aid to provide relief to victims of the Koslanda landslide as the government was capable of looking after the affected people.
Making a special statement, the minister said that there were around 1,000 persons in temporary welfare centres and foreign nations, organisations as well as local institutions had offered their assistance to provide relief for the affected people.
“There are lots of groups who may try to make use of this calamity. They may organise campaigns to collect funds and material saying that they would be for the use of affected people, but none of us know where the funds and materials so collected will end up. We request the people not to fall prey to such fraudsters,” the Minister said.
He said that the government had sufficient funds to provide necessary assistance and relief to the people who had become victims of the landslide disaster. “There is no need for international assistance. If anyone wants to provide scholarships or assistance to children affected, then such assistance should be channeled through the government agencies and transparency should be maintained.”