Stop the process of destroying sources of the wildlife in Mattala, Sri Lanka
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Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka , Basil Rajajapaksa, Minister of Economic Development, Sri Lanka , Ranil Shriyan Wickremesinghe, Leader of the Opposition , Sri Lanka , Prasanna J. Wickramasuriya, ohan Jayaratne - Executive Director, Airport & Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited
"In a move, probably without
precedent anywhere in the world, the government of Sri Lanka is in the process
of destroying sources of water for migratory birds, elephants and other wildlife
in the proximity of the recently commissioned Mahinda Rajapaksa Mattala
International Airport. The airport is located in the Hambantota District in the
arid zone of Sri Lanka, in close vicinity to several sanctuaries including
Bundala and Kumana. Therefore the airport is proximate to the flight paths of
migratory birds; already two aircrafts have had close shaves when they hit
flocks of birds. A week before the airport was inaugurated; a wild elephant
attack took place on the main access road (the victim died subsequently). It
has been reported that peacocks often wonder into the airport, including the
runway, from the sorrounding shrub jungles.