Government asks public to keep ears open for evacuation announcements

Government asks public to keep ears open for evacuation announcements

Written by Staff Writer

03 Jun, 2014 | 8:03 pm

The Ministry of Disaster Management convened a media briefing Tuesday regarding the emergency disaster situation in the country.

Speaking at this media briefing, Lalith Chandrapala, director general of the Department of Meteorology warned that southwestern parts of the island should continue to expect heavy rains.

“We expect the rainfall to continue today, tomorrow and the day after owing to the atmospheric disturbance. We expect that the Southwestern Monsoon will set in over Sri Lanka in the coming week and we wish to state clearly that southwestern parts of the island can expect rain then as well. This could cause a very dangerous situation,” Chandrapala said.

Minister of Disaster Management Mahinda Amaraweera also spoke at the event.

“The situation that will arise in the future could definitely bring forth a much more serious situation. Evacuation announcements could be made in various areas via the Divisional Secretaries and our officials. It is essential that the public pay attention to these announcements and evacuate immediately when they are made,” the minister said.

He added: “We have also set up a funeral assistance fund through which we will instantly disburse Rs. 15,000 in the case of loss of life caused by the disaster situation. Rs. 73 million has been disbursed to the District Secretariats. We have disbursed another Rs. 17 million to distribute water tanks. We possess an additional Rs. 60 million, which can be disbursed instantly, should the need arise. Usual rules and regulations will not be imposed on relief units. The president has instructed the treasury to release funds immediately.”


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