A Presidential Task Unit, together with all 3 segments of the military have come together in order to attempt to eradicate the dengue menace. As of today, 22,758 dengue cases (and deaths) have been reported. Of those, 3,682 were in Colombo, which is the hardest hit area.
In a bizarre turn, Deputy Minister of Highways Mervyn Silva also got involved. At a press briefing he allegedly said that if there were any more deaths due to dengue, he would take steps to tie local Government officials to a tree, close to the victim s residence.