The WFTU expresses its sadness and anger for the increasing number of the victims due to the floods in Sri Lanka. The people who lost their lives are more than 100 while many tens of thousands people have been affected and more than 100 are missing. The majority of the dead and affected workers and residents are from the Kalutara and Rathnapura districts.
Our thoughts are with the people who died and we express our sincere condolences to the families of the victims. Several villages and houses in Sri Lanka are still on the verge of collapse because of the heavy floods and the lack of adequate protection measures. The poor residents are unprotected against the danger of earth slip and once again the workers pay with their lives the inadequate protection measures.
The World Federation of Trade Unions representing 92 million workers in the 5 continents, stands by the side of the workers and the poor citizens of Sri Lanka, demanding the immediate implementation of adequate security measures in order to guarantee the security of the citizens’ lives. At the same time, the authorities should be ready to start the recovery of the affected areas with the financial support of the affected people.