Apr 17, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government announced today that the families affected by the collapse of the garbage mound in a town outside the nation's capital, Colombo will be compensated.
The Finance Ministry, in a statement today said it had decided to pay Rs. 100,000 as compensation to the families of those that died in the Meethotamulla tragedy and up to Rs. 2.5 million for property damage.
Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, who is in Washington, DC to attend the IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings, said in a statement yesterday that ministry officials have been directed to release necessary funds to pay compensation for the families of victims of the Meethotamulla disaster.
"The Finance Ministry will release funds to pay full compensation for damage to property to each family as per estimates prepared by the Disaster Management Ministry," the Ministry said.
In addition, compensation will be paid to the affected under the special insurance scheme - National Insurance Trust Fund - introduced in the Budget 2016 to pay compensation to victims of natural disasters such as the one at Meethotamulla, it added.
President Maithripala Sirisena meeting with relevant ministers and officials yesterday said the government will take every possible step to fulfill all relief measures for the affected people and assured that there will not be shortage of money for the implementation of relief programs.
He ordered the Disaster Management Ministry to prepare a proper report on number of affected families and damaged property of the affected people and directed the authorities to implement a streamlined program for providing household appliances and other items in houses damaged in the disaster.
The death toll from the disaster had risen to 30 on Monday, according government officials, and more people were believed to be buried under debris. Nearly 80 houses were destroyed and more than 150 were damaged.