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* Government to provide relief to 300 houses damaged due to strong winds in Gampaha district
Sat, Jan 13, 2018, 11:19 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 13, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says he has instructed the Ministry of Home Affairs to commence provision of compensation to those affected by the gale force winds yesterday in Divulapitiya area from next Monday.

Gampaha District Disaster Management Center says more than 300 houses have been damaged due to strong winds that blew across Divulapitiya Badalgama area. Houses in Badalgama, Katukenda, Alugolla, Dicklanda and Heeralugedera areas have been damaged by fallen trees and other debris.

Measures have been taken to hand over an advance of 10,000 rupees out of the total full compensation to the residents of every affected house. The total amount will be provided after completion of the preparations of relevant evaluations.

Requests will be made next week from the affected families to contact the hotline number 1902 of the Ministry of Home Affairs in the event of recurrence of such inclement weather conditions. Meanwhile, the trees that have been fallen onto the streets were removed with the assistance of Sri Lanka Army under the guidance of Gampaha District Disaster Management Center.

Deputy Director of Emergency Operations of the Disaster Management Centre Ravi Jayaratne said that no deaths were reported due to the inclement weather but several have been hospitalized with injuries.

The National Insurance Trust Fund has deployed 12 teams to estimate the damages to grant insurance compensations for the victims.

Meanwhile, media spokesman of the Ceylon electricity Board says that additional workers have been deployed to repair the damaged power supply.

 

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