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No Buddha statues damaged in tsunami
By Asanga Warnakulasuriya
The Dhamma Times, 1 January 2005


Colombo - A survey by the Sri Lanka Buddha Sasana Ministry in Kalutara, Galle, Matara and Hambantota districts had revealed that not a single Buddha statue in those districts had been damaged in Sunday's tidal waves which caused severe damage to other property.

Minister of Public Security, Law and Order and Buddhasasana Minister, Ratnasiri Wickremanayake said yesterday that although most temples in those districts were devastated by tidal waves, Buddha statues in temples were unharmed.

"It's quite remarkable how Buddha statues were preserved in such extreme conditions where other property crumbled down to earth," Minister said.

"According to reports we have received so far only Ven. Meegoda Pannaloka Thera had fallen victim to the tidal waves and died," the Minister said.

A survey had also revealed that 39 temples in the above districts were badly damaged by the tidal waves.

The ministry has estimated that Rs. 36 million needs to be allocated to reconstruct the temples in four districts. The Government has already allocated Rs. 4.5 million, the Minister said. [LANKA DAILY NEWS]


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