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Meethotamulla victims: No decision on compensation amount yet, says Anura

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The government has not yet decided on the final amount of compensation to be paid to the victims of the Meethotamulla garbage dump collapse, Disaster Management Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said yesterday.

Responding to a question asked during a news conference, the minister clarified the sum of Rs.2.5 million for those whose properties were damaged and Rs.100,000 on behalf of the deceased were insurance benefits and not compensation.

“This is a payment method of insurance for natural disasters. However, I can’t specifically make a statement on the amount announced by the Finance Ministry and we have not decided on the amount of compensation yet. Even President Mathripala Sirisena instructed us to hold discussions every three days. The President will chair these discussions. We are still engaged in the process,” he said.

He said the government had taken an additional step by bearing the cost of funerals.

“ However the compensation amount will be higher than the insurance payment because a house cannot be valued below Rs.2.5 million,” he said. (Chaturanga Pradeep and Indika Sri Aravinda)

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  • Nihal Amarasekera Tuesday, 18 April 2017 09:11 AM

    Will increasingly become a stinking problem. Also politicians will make garbage while the stink emanates.

    Praba Tuesday, 18 April 2017 09:12 AM

    They can get any amount if they go to courts

    Leo Tuesday, 18 April 2017 09:25 AM

    The president has so many unvisited countries than to worry about a national disaster. via DM Android App

    ranja Tuesday, 18 April 2017 09:48 AM

    This is also because MR's fault

    Lord Wolfstein Tuesday, 18 April 2017 10:43 AM

    The problem is they can not get a single rupee in a court case because the people lived illegal at this location in illegal buildings in the knowledge of the danger.

    samayang Tuesday, 18 April 2017 10:45 AM

    A life is worth Rs. 100,000. A house is worth Rs. 2.5mn. That's it. Finshed. Forgotten. What happened to Kosgama? Flood victims? And those suffering from lack of water? Ravi is US, PM in Japan, Vietnam and where is the President? No official acceptance of responsibility. Another disaster, 100,000 compensation... and so life goes on.

    nick Tuesday, 18 April 2017 11:02 AM

    I dont think mps work hard as how they work for their 60mil duty free permit to get approvals bunch of crooks we have they are destroying our nation in day light via DM Android App

    Shelly. Tuesday, 18 April 2017 11:18 AM

    This Ministry thinks Desaster Management is there to compensate after a desaster. I think there prime responsibility is to manage probable desasters. via DM Android App

    ANTON Tuesday, 18 April 2017 11:27 AM

    THEY ARE WAITING TILL THEY GET 300 LAKHS WORTH VEHICLES TO DISTRIBUTE ONE LAKH COMPENSATION.

    Arnold Tuesday, 18 April 2017 12:36 PM

    AT LEAST NOW START SEGREGATING THE GARBAGE, MAKE COMPOST OUT OF BIO WASTE, RECYCLE THE RECYCLABLES AND INCINERATE THE BALANCE, MAKE POWER, AND USE THE ASH TO MAKE PORT CITY. And have zero leftovers.

    ceylon Tuesday, 18 April 2017 02:38 PM

    this is a familier face for mis using power. etc. via DM Android App

    James Tuesday, 18 April 2017 04:26 PM

    President should take firm decisions against slow doings and wrong doings. A second term must be given to him by the people.

    James Tuesday, 18 April 2017 04:32 PM

    NSW- Australia has a better way to segregate waste using conveyor belts and people. Garbage is collected in two categories perishable and non perishable. Thereafter segregation takes place for processing the non perishable.

    James Tuesday, 18 April 2017 04:38 PM

    It should NOT be garbage disposal but should be garbage processing for productivity. Energy was used to make and then became garbage. Therefore there should be energy within every piece of garbage.

    Boruwa Wednesday, 19 April 2017 01:37 PM

    Coveniently forget paying compensation Mr Minister. via DM Android App

    all Tuesday, 18 April 2017 06:57 AM

    president knows only to talk about a brassiere throwing in a music party or a big drought coming around in March and April via DM Android App


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