Written by Staff Writer
29 Dec, 2014 | 7:45 am
The Disaster Management Centre says that the number of deaths reported as a result of the adverse weather conditions being experienced has increased to 30.
Deputy Director of the DMC Pradeep Kodippili stated that over one million individuals have been affected as result of landslides and floods. He added that over three hundred thousand individuals have been moved to safer locations. Minister of Disaster Management Mahinda Amaraweera meanwhile stated that steps are being taken to release the funds requested by the district secretaries to provide relief for the affected individuals.
Mahinda Amaraweera said:
[quote]All of us are working around the clock. We are ready to release funds on the request of the district secretariats. Measures are being taken to provide meals for those affected. We have allocated funds to provide those affected with the basic necessities and we are also taking measures to provide them with dry rations for the next three days.[/quote]
Meanwhile, Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana stated that 10,000 police officers have been deployed to assist in relief efforts for individuals who are affected. Sixteen districts have been affected due to the adverse weather, in terms of floods and landslides.
The DMC stated that Trincomalee, Amapara, Batticaloa, Mannar, Jaffna, Killinochchi, Mulaitivu, Vavuniya, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Puttalam, Kurunegala, Kegalle, Kandy and Nuwara Eliya are adversely impacted. Of the areas of Anuradhapura, Ampara, Trincomalle and badulla are the worse affected. Deputy Director of the DMC of the Badulla district E.L.A.M Udaya Kumara stated that over 9,000 individuals are affected in the Badulla district.
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