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Stop the process of destroying sources of the wildlife in Mattala, Sri Lanka

Stop the process of destroying sources of the wildlife in Mattala, Sri Lanka

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This petition has been created by Nilantha I. and may not represent the views of the Avaaz community.
Nilantha I.
started this petition to
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.

Posted: 29 April 2013 (Updated: 14 April 2015)