Minister of Media reveals weather-damage numbers in Parliament

Minister of Media reveals weather-damage numbers in Parliament

Minister of Media reveals weather-damage numbers in Parliament

Written by Tharushan Fernando

10 Jun, 2016 | 9:03 pm

Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka revealed in parliament on Friday that 5997 families’ houses were damaged due to the adverse weather conditions which were experienced in the year 2015 alone.

The minister made this statement in response to a question raised by UPFA MP Kanaka Herath.

Minister of Media, Gayantha Karunathilaka pointed out that 5993 families have had their houses destroyed owing to the adverse weather conditions in 2015,  and the the families which were provided with the first phase of compensation stands at 4057. The minister stated however that 1936 families still need to be provided with the estimated compensation, while 4057 families still need to be provided with the second and third phases of compensation.

MP UPFA, Kanaka Herath raised questions on how much would be spent on to build a house on a plot of land land, once given the greenlight by the Department of Geological Survey and Mines Bureau to do so?

“If you have a house, then what we need to do is facilitate the process and provide the necessary financial assistance for this purpose”,  said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

He pointed out that some lands come under the purview of [lantation companies, therefore the president will discuss with the relevent companies and obtain the lands and thereafter, the Ministry of housing will be ready to construct houses.

The Department Geographic Survey undertook a massive task in the recent past despite the lack of staff. As there is a dearth in the number of officers who work for the department, investigations on certain areas have not concluded.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that there is a problem with the small workforce and therefore the subject Minister has been requested to provide a report on the workforce needed.

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