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Meethotamulla tragedy: 98 families to get houses initially

19 April 2017 02:41 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Houses will be given initially to 98 families whose houses were completely destroyed by the collapsing of the section of the Meethotamulla garbage dump, Presidential media unit said.

They are to receive the houses under the programme for providing houses for the displaced persons to be implemented from tomorrow.

President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to expedite the resettlement process for the people who are affected by the incident.

The President made these remarks during a meeting held at the Ministry of Disaster Management today (19) on providing reliefs measures to the victims.  

President Sirisena also instructed to strengthen the process of providing infrastructure facilities to the affected people while giving priority to evacuate people who are in the danger zone around the Meethotamulla disaster area.

The President further instructed to clear the Meethotamulla garbage dump in the next few months under the supervision of the Sri Lanka Army as well as to ban the illegal settlements.    

The President further stated that required activities for providing compensations to the victims should be done with extreme vigilance. He requested the continuance of the assistance given by all institutions to provide relief to the victims.

The next progress review meeting regarding the Meethotamulla disaster will be held on the 21st April at the Ministry of Disaster Management.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Ministers Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Susil Premajayantha, Sagala Rathnayaka, Vajira Abeywardena, A. H. M. Fowzie, Chief Minister of Western Province Isura Dewapriya, Commanders of Tri Forces and the Inspector General of Police joined this discussion.

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  • Justica USA... Wednesday, 19 April 2017 04:41 PM

    good...but the President should also look into helping the Tamils n Muslims who lost homes in the BIGGEST n LONGEST Disaster...a 30 yr old war. instant relief to these ppl n not to those who lost family property and everything....some are still languishing in camps .... via DM Android App

    ceylon Thursday, 20 April 2017 09:39 PM

    no one beleive.what promise he full filled so far . via DM Android App

    Sunil Wednesday, 19 April 2017 06:32 PM

    A splendid move, belated though it may be. Now that the Meetotamulla debacle is over with the loss of many innocent lives, displacing countless others and causing damage to property,let the government be very generous in its assistance to these hapless people as it was with tear gas and water cannon when they were quite justifiably protesting.

    Palitha Galapitiya Thursday, 20 April 2017 11:53 AM

    You can give houses to the needy, but you can not give back precious lives they lost.Even now, try your best to act when question arises rather than postponing it or sitting on it as a true leader.

    Dot Thursday, 20 April 2017 05:54 AM

    Not everyday do you hear of people dying under the garbage dump of another ..Clear the dump he says ..much much more is needed ..soil testing and water tested before the area gets all clear for residents to live in an healthy and safe environment ..and also counselling to get over the trauma of a mother son daughter or father dying under an avalanche of dirt ...when we grieve for people dying on hospital beds ,,Please realize the gravity of this for it never to be repeated .

    Ram Wednesday, 19 April 2017 03:07 PM

    wow. great news. Just surprised that it only takes less than a week to get a house assigned to you if a garbage dump in Colombo suburbs falls on you, but it takes YEARS to get a land/house if you are a war displaced person in the North or East.

    lokka Wednesday, 19 April 2017 03:26 PM

    well done mr president

    ANTON Wednesday, 19 April 2017 03:46 PM

    OK SIR, NOW INQUIRE FROM YOUR 220 ASSISTANTS, HOW MANY OF THEM HAVE SEEN THIS GARBAGE MOUNTAIN AND THE POOR FAMILIES LIVING AROUND IT BEFORE ???


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