Colombo, Jan 19 (Agencies): The Sri Lankan Government’s laxity to provide compensation elicited angers among thousands of flood victims, who protested outside a temple, a Buddhist monk said on Tuesday.

The protest follows attack on a government office in a village near the eastern town of Batticaloa by angry residents, who accused officials of holding back aid.

"We see media reports that flood-affected people are being given enough aid but the truth is there are scores who have received nothing," Ampitiye Sumanarathana, a monk from Batticaloa, said. He estimated the crowd in the thousands.

"People are coming to me looking for help when even I have not got any assistance," he said.

Police dispersed the crowd when they blocked the road, the monk said. Government officials could not be immediately contacted for comment.

A day before, more than 1,000 people broke into a government office in Ariyampathy village and attacked the staff, saying food items, tents and stoves meant for flood victims were being held back by officials.

K Thanabalasingham, a local government official, said four of his staff were attacked and in response have gone on strike to demand the arrest of the culprits.

Forty-three people were killed and more than a million people affected because of floods and mudslides across the country.