President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa today instructed the officials to inspect the damages caused to houses in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa districts due to the floods and take immediate remedial action, Presidential Media Unit said.
He visited areas affected by floods in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa districts today to inspect relief measures provided to displaced people in the area.
President Rajapaksa who met the political authority and government officials at the President’s House in Anuradhapura this morning reviewed the welfare programme and instructed the relevant authorities to continue with providing assistance to the affected communities.
The relief programme is being implemented under two phases; provision of relief during the disaster as well as post-disaster activities. The President emphasised that the government acted with utmost responsibility in this process.
Floods caused by torrential rains have affected 10 out of 22 Divisional Secretariat areas in Anuradhapura District. The situation had left 5181 persons from 1561 families displaced. Around 2923 persons from 937 families have been provided shelter at welfare centres and measures have been taken to provide them with cooked food and dry rations.
Cleaning activities have already begun where floods have subsided. Directives have also been issued to inspect the available health facilities. Attention has been drawn to rehabilitate tanks and other infrastructure facilities.
As floods have also destroyed paddy crops, the President ordered officials to estimate the damage and take appropriate measures.
A special discussion will be chaired by the President at the Polonnaruwa District Secretariat this evening to look into to the relief efforts in Polonnaruwa District.
Just a peek into helping the flood affected, the car imported for the leader of the opposition was Rs. 700.
Ronnie Bugger Monday, 23 December 2019 05:07 PM
No big deal, even if Kuppathamby was the President, he too would have given the same directive.
Sokrates Monday, 23 December 2019 05:19 PM
To temporarily help the flood victims with food and accommodation is correct and necessary. However, further financial aid for the reconstruction of houses and the loss of crops is wrong. There are insurance companies that pay for damage to this type of disasters. If people are too stingy to insure themselves, it is not the state's job to pay compensation. Perhaps the victims can claim compensation from the men in orange who have not prayed enough.
SURENDRA Monday, 23 December 2019 10:49 PM
We have to set up a water storage and drainage plan to counter th3 cyclic floods occuring now.country losss billions off assets every year due to flood.we need re engineer the water cannals .storages and places where vilages r set up.etc..
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