Encouraging and impressive public response to the SOS call of the Army Seva Vanitha Unit (ASVU) for humanitarian assistance enabled ASVU to send more and more relief supplies to disaster-struck Batticaloa and Hambantota areas on Wednesday (29).
Barely six hours after the ad hoc Disaster Relief Centre (DRC) at Galle Face esplanade was established on Monday (27) by tri-services (Army, Navy & Air Force), the DRC was able to dispatch three lorry loads of essentials to affected Trincomalee area following the tremendous response it received from the public.
Commander of the Army Lieutenant General S. H. S Kottegoda at the turn of the New Year took time off to meet a representative gathering of all ranks of the Army on Monday (03) morning at Army Headquarters after they reported for work in the New Year 2005.
Troops of the Sri Lanka Army, rising to the occasion were able to clear several main roads including road stretches between Moratuwa â€“ Bentota and Nonagama â€“ Hambantota on the main Colombo â€“ Kataragama road (Galle road) and facilitated transportation by late Monday (27) afternoon.
Lieutenant General Shantha Kottegoda, Commander of the Army in his customary New Year Day 2005 message calls upon all Army personnel to rise to the occasion and continue to dedicate their today for country's re-building in the aftermath of the tsunami disaster that claimed thousands of lives, including his own men.
The Seva Vanitha Unit at Army Headquarters, headed by Mrs. Sonia Kottegoda, in its efforts towards joining hands with ongoing relief operations of the government, has come forward to seek help to collect humanitarian assistance from donors both local and overseas.
Troops in the 52 Division in Jaffna peninsula were compelled to mediate and provide security to a team of media personnel, including a couple of foreign journalists when some LTTE men along with a section of Tsunami-affected refugees began to chase and assault them at the LTTE's behest.