Meethotamulla Garbage Disaster
Posted on April 16th, 2017
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada
Easter Sunday, 2017
Hon. Dr. Harsha de Silva
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Dear Dr. Harsha de Silva:
Just read your announcement, “Deputy Minister Harsha de Silva says that the Government will bear all funeral expenses of those who lost their lives.” This was about the deaths from the collapse of the garbage dump at Meethotamulla.
“Woopeedoo!” What compensation for the callous sordid politics for nearly two decades, while you politicians couldn’t care two barrels of jardi, but interested in trying to figure out how to fatten your wallets by selling special permitted BMWs, Mercedez cars that you all were entitled to. Sordid in deed.
No doubt the Yahapalanaya Government will blame the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government for not doing something about it and arrest the MPs who were responsible to have the Garbage dump removed and put them behind bars. Right Deputy Minister? That’s routine Yahapalana politics, isn’t it. Not good. Sordid, indeed. The Yahapalanayos cannot sanitize your hands that easily, as you all lacked the political commonsense and wisdom to see the eminent danger ahead of you all.
If just one of your Yahapalanayos had the wisdom and conviction to do something quickly the repeat of the South Wales Aberfan colliery disaster wouldn’t have occurred at Meethotamulla.
I was a student at the University in Swansea in Wales in October 1966 and one of the students who clawed at the rubble from the University rescue team. That incident has haunted me ever since for 50 years. I talk of it in my long poem in the chapbook ‘Once Upon a Time….I returned.’
“……… That on the Friday morning
of 21 October 1966
the colliery Tip No.7 at Aberfan
broke away as a rain-soaked slurry
and slithered like drunken pythons
downhill speeding in a hurry
burying the village primary school
with 116 children and 28 adults,
a shock which still lingers on in me
like Welsh Grandma Harriet’s
The disaster at Meethotamulla is no different and will pain its people for decades. And no doubt will say POX on every member of the Yahapalanayos, under their breaths for generations. And I wouldn’t blame them one bit for your callousness.
I say shame on you lot as this unfortunate incident should never have happened.
Asoka Weerasinghe (Mr.)