Apr 21, Colombo: Just a week after the collapse of a massive garbage dump in the outskirts of the capital Colombo that killed 32 people and destroyed 145 homes, Sri Lanka today began providing new houses to the victims of the disaster.
The first phase of the program to provide houses for the displaced persons, whose houses were completely destroyed, due to the collapse of a section of the Meethotamulla garbage dump was launched Friday (21) under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.
The Government has taken steps to provide new houses to all 98 families whose houses were completely destroyed and today houses were provided for the persons who expressed their consent to receive houses under the first phase. Accordingly, 30 families received new houses today, just a week after the disaster.
The government has spent 392 million rupees for these houses. Rs. 250,000.00 will be granted to each beneficiary of the houses to purchase furniture.
If the values of the destroyed houses exceed the calculated value, the difference will also be paid in cash to respective families, in the future.
The President presented the deeds of the houses for the beneficiaries at the auditorium of the Ministry of Disaster Management.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Ministers Susil Premajayantha, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Patali Champika Ranawaka, Vajira Abeywardena, A. H. M. Fowzie, Deputy Ministers Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Dunesh Gankanda and the Member of Parliament S. M. Marikkar were among those participated in this occasion.