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* Sri Lanka President instructs officials to expedite building new houses for disaster victims
Wed, Jun 14, 2017, 10:48 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the officials to expedite the program to build new houses for the people affected by the recent natural disaster.

The President chaired a progress review meeting of the Post Disaster Management, held at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday.

He said that Rs. 5 billion from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, which is under his purview will be donated to the program to build the houses for the people who lost their homes to recent floods and landslides.

The Cabinet has approved paying a monthly rental of Rs. 7,500 for three months for the families whose houses were fully destroyed, to live elsewhere until their houses were rebuilt.

The District Secretaries of the affected areas including Ratnapura, Kalutara, Galle, Matara, Hambantota, Gampaha and Colombo participated in the meeting and expressed their views in detail regarding the relief measures carried out in the respective districts.

The Government is currently in the process of getting valuation reports on damaged properties and institutions as well as identifying suitable lands to resettle the people and the President instructed the officials to expedite these tasks.

He also instructed the officials to inform the relevant authorities if there is any shortage of valuation officers since there is a possibility of getting them through the line ministries and the Ministry of Local Government.

The President inquired about the programs carried out to renovate the schools and to restore the education of the children, and instructed the officials to give priority to reconstruct schools, hospitals and houses in the process of the infrastructure development.

President Sirisena also emphasized that the distribution of foreign aids received to assist the victims should be done in a comprehensive and transparent manner and said that people should be aware that how these donations were distributed among them and pointed out the importance of maintaining a report in this regard by the Ministry of Disaster Management.

During this meeting, it was discussed in detail regarding giving a compensation for the cultivated lands and small-scale enterprises, restoration of infrastructure facilities including electricity, drinking water, roads, waste management, protecting the health of the public and preparing a plan at regional levels for the Disaster Management.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, Ministers Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Vajira Abeywardena, Susil Premajayantha, Mangala Samaraweera, Ravi Karunanayake, Rajitha Senaratne, Sajith Premadasa, Sagala Ratnayake, Gayantha Karunathilake, Daya Gamage, Thalatha Athukorala, Chandima Weerakkody, Faizer Mustafa, Ministry Secretaries, including Secretary to the President, public servants, Tri-Forces Commanders, IGP and senior security officers participated in the meeting.


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