June 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe assured that speedy measures will be taken to restore the roads and other infrastructure damaged by the recent floods and landslides in order to revive the economic growth in the affected areas.
Meeting with the government officials at the Baduraliya, Palinda Nuwara Divisional Secretariat Office to evaluate the damage caused to the Kalutara District following the recent floods yesterday, the Prime Minister stressed the importance of renovating the roads damaged by the floods to enable the tea smallholders to transport their produce to the factories.
The Prime Minister said the collapse of the local economy at the grassroots level would have an adverse impact on the national economy.
"Speedy action will be taken to revive the rural economy by rehabilitating the roads and tea estates of tea smallholders which were damaged by the disaster," the Premier said.
The Prime Minister inspected a number of areas devastated by the flood and instructed the relevant officials to immediately take measures to restore properties, hospitals and schools devastated by the flood.
He told the officials to devise a comprehensive plan to provide relief to the people affected by the disaster in eight districts.
The Prime Minister also handed over compensation to the families of the people died in the disaster.
Ministers Sagala Ratnayake, Thalatha Athukorala, Vajira Abeywardena and Parliamentarian Lakshman Wijemanna were present on the occasion.