Oct 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka Catholic Church today expressing deep concern and shock at yesterday's landslide in the Koslanda Miriyabedda area in Haldummulla village of Badulla District called upon its faithful to help the affected community in "whatever way possible" to restart their lives.
"We are deeply concerned and shocked to hear the painful news that about 150 persons have gone missing and a large number of houses completely destroyed due to a massive landslide in a vii at Meeriyabeddawatte in the Badulla District yesterday (29lh) morning," the Catholic Bishops' Conference in Sri Lanka said in a press release on the disaster.
"While we extend our deepest sympathies to the family members of the dead and the missing persons and their relatives we also share their grief in this painful moment. In the meanwhile we pray to the God of All Consolation, to comfort them in this hour of sorrow."
The Church earnestly requested its Catholic Faithful to pray for those who are in grief and request the Government and the relevant authorities to take all the possible steps to help all those affected people to build up their lives and urge all its people generously contribute to the relief work.
"We call upon all Catholics too to help the affected community whatever way possible to restart their lives," the Catholic Church said.