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* Sri Lanka begins repairs of weather-damaged roads, flood relief efforts continue
Fri, Dec 28, 2012, 01:18 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 28, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has taken immediate measures to repair the roads and tanks damaged by the landslides and floods brought on by the adverse weather the country experienced during the last two weeks while the relief measures continued for the people affected by the floods.

Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has said the government continues to grant relief measure to all people displaced by the extreme weather despite the opposition's accusation that the government is not providing sufficient aid to the affected by the floods and landslides.

Speaking at a function to distribute relief items to affected families, the Minister has emphasized that the government will take strict disciplinary action against officials who neglect duties and attempt to paralyze the relief programme.

According to the Disaster management Center (DMC) of Sri Lanka 342,810 people from 93,435 families have been affected since December 17. There have been 36 deaths and 7 are still missing while 20 people have sustained injuries. A total of 24,502 people of 6,989 families had been evacuated to 148 shelters across the country. The floods and landslides in almost all districts of the country had damaged 4,172 houses completely and 10,457 houses partially. President Mahinda Rajapaksa meanwhile, has instructed all related authorities to take immediate action to repair all roads damaged by floods and landslides within the Matale District.

Accordingly the Central Provincial Council has already begun repairing the roads damaged by cave-in and earth slips as well as those destroyed by floods.

The Kandy-Mahiyangana Road which was closed for traffic due to a landslide since the 17th of this month has been re-opened.

Meanwhile, the Irrigation Department dismissed a claim that the levy of the Parakrama Samudraya in Polonnaruwa, the largest tank in the North Central Province, has breached, The Department, assured that there was no cave-in of the levy and no truth to the rumor.

A team of officials had arrived from Colombo and conducted a full study and found that water had seeped through a layer of sand that was recently added to fill the tank bund. According to the Zonal Irrigation Director R.W.A. Karunaratne sand had been washed away but there was no danger to the bund or the tank. Measures have been taken to carry out the repairs soon.



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