Published on - 1/4/2005
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.
Six more lorries on Tuesday (28) with relief items left Colombo for Hambantota and Trincomalee areas after the day & night open DRC assessed the needs of affected areas before items were dispatched in order to ensure that they reach the most needed groups in the island.
All segments of the public, irrespective of their differences, were seen lined up at Galle Face esplanade with their relief parcels, in what could be viewed as one of the most exemplary acts of humanity in times of a national crisis.
Meanwhile, the Army Seva Vanitha unit, the sole organ responsible to canvass support for collection of relief items on behalf of the Army, has succeeded in sending six lorry loads of dry rations to affected areas as dusk fell on Tuesday (28).