Written by Staff Writer
31 Oct, 2014 | 12:16 pm
Minister of Disaster Management, Mahinda Amaraweera states that the cabinet has decided to provide permanent housing to those who lost their dwellings in the Koslanda Landslide.
Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, made this remark in parliament on Friday morning.
He added that the decision to provide permanent housing for the effected was taken following a cabinet meeting chaired by the president.
Minister Mahinda Amaraweera also stated that 452 army soldiers and 52 Airmen have been utilized in rescue operations.
He urged the public not to be passive observers of the scene of the disaster.
According to the Minister 138 persons are still missing.
The minister further said the exact number of the dead and the missing had not been finalized.
The Minister of Disaster Management further stated that due to the inclement weather, people from several other parts of the country have also been displaced.
Meanwhile, the landslide warning issued on Thursday evening for several districts will prevail until Friday afternoon. Senior Geologist of National Building Research Organisation, Prof. Gamini Jayatisssa said the warning will be extended if needed.
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