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* Sri Lankan President instructs to implement a systematic program for disaster relief
Fri, Jun 6, 2014, 07:02 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 06, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has directed authorities to implement relief assistance to the people affected by the adverse weather under a systematic program.

Addressing the ministerial subcommittee on food protection and cost of living control Thursday evening at Temple Trees, the President said it is the responsibility of all officials to provide relief to the affected and instructed officials to continue providing relief to the flood and landslide victims.

According to the Disaster Management Center (DMC), over 119,000 people have been affected by floods and landslides after torrential rains that lashed the island for five days.

At least 23 people have been killed and one missing so far due to floods and landslides in Western Province and Southern Province.

President Rajapaksa Tuesday directed state officials to assess the situation in the areas hit by heavy rains and winds and provide urgent relief to the people affected by the disaster. Under the President's directions, the government has taken measures to provide an immediate payment of Rs 15,000 each to the families of flood and landslide victims.

The government has allocated Rs. 70 million to provide relief to the people affected by the adverse weather, Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said Wednesday.

The subcommittee discussed the current consumer prices in the market and measures that could be taken to maintain fair market prices of goods. It also discussed the progress of setting up 12 economic centers, Lak Sathosa outlets and cooperatives island wide.

The President instructed the officials to maintain sufficient paddy stocks to face a possible shortage in the future as the harvest was limited due to the drought experienced in Yala season this year.

He instructed officials to maintain modern rice stores in order to preserve the quality of rice, and advised them to expand such stores to other areas similar to that of the rice store currently being maintained in Veyangoda.

Ministers, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Johnston Fernando, Basil Rajapaksa, Rajitha Senaratne, C. B. Ratnayake, Jagath Pushpakumara, Deputy Ministers H. R. Mithrapala and Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga also participated in the subcommittee meeting

(Photos by Udesh Gunarathna)

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