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Troops assist people to access clean drinking water

Troops assist people to access clean drinking water

[January 28 2018]

Sri Lanka Army troops in the North rendered assistance to the newly resettled people in Keppapilavu in Mullaitivu to clean the drinking water wells in the area on Thursday (25th January). According to Army media, troops of the Security Force Headquarters - Mullaittivu (SFHQ-MLT) cleaned the drinking water wells that were left in a state of neglect for many years in the recently released Keppapilavu locality.

This community service initiative was taken by the troops after some civilians brought the matter to their notice. Initially 12 of the 24 wells were cleaned by the troops. The project was completed within a few days with the assistance of the civilian now residing there.

An area of 133.4 acres of land was released by the Army in December last year (2017) to the civilian owners in Mullaitivu. Troops also took measures to renovate 28 houses at their own cost that stood in the land before handing it over to the owners. Army had also taken measures to open a road that stretches through the Security Force Headquarters - Mullaittivu (SFHQ-MLT) connecting Vattappalai and Mullaittivu on New Year's Eve this year as measure of building goodwill and reconciliation.

They also helped the people clean up the abandoned Kottadi Pullaiyar Kovil building and conduct a special religious ceremony. On the Thai Pongal Festival day that fell on 14th (January), troops visited the houses of the newly resettled people and hosted them for lunch.

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