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55 Division Troops turn ‘good Samaritans’ for young family

55 Division troops with the young family in front of the wreckage of their house.
55 Division troops with the young family in front of the wreckage of their house.

The family in front of their new home.

General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 55 Division of the Security Force Headquarters – Jaffna, Brigadier Sampath Kotuwegoda and his troops were among the first to provide relief to a family with two children when their coconut frond-thatched house in Kadeikaadu was gutted by fire.

The fire erupted on June 30 due to strong winds. The family was away at the time.

On being informed of the incident, the 55 Division GOC and his troops rushed to the location and found the family had been rendered homeless.

Brigadier Kotuwegoda promptly took action and instructed his troops to put up a temporary shelter for the family at their expense after speedily collecting the raw materials.

More than 20 Army troops participated in this humanitarian project. Within a few hours, troops erected a temporary house for the young family, where they could be safe. The family was also provided with essentials and troops took necessary measures to keep state officials in the aea informed in order for them to receive further assistance.


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