July 11, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to pay Rs. 1 million for loss of life due to the collapse of the Meethotamulla garbage dump.
The payment to the families of the deceased was made today (July 11) at the Auditorium of the Kolonnawa Divisional Secretariat.
A section of the mountainous landfill in Meethotamulla collapsed on 14 April this year causing a landslide that buried dozens of low-income homes and killed 32 people.
Member of Parliament SM Marikkar who participated in the awarding of compensations to the relatives of the deceased said that the government was pressured on several occasions to obtain compensation through a special cabinet approval.
"This landslide was not a natural hazard, nor a mistake on like in the Salawa explosion, but very clearly because of the delay in making decisions by the politicians and officials in both this government and the previous one," the MP told BBC Sinhala service.
The Convener of the Movement against Meethotamulla Garbage Mound Keerthirathna Perera, who participated at the award ceremony, said the compensation for damages to houses is inadequate.