Salawa residents receive compensation; rebuilding efforts continue

Salawa residents receive compensation; rebuilding efforts continue

Salawa residents receive compensation; rebuilding efforts continue

Written by Staff Writer

14 Jun, 2016 | 9:39 pm

Housing aid was distributed to victims of the fire and explosions that took place at the Salawa Army Camp recently. Rs.50,000 each was granted as compensation to residents whose houses were damaged in the explosions. Under the first phase,  cheques were presented to 92 families at the Hanwella Divisional Secretariat.

Hanwella Divisional Secretary, Bandara Yapa stated that the Western Province Ministry of Education arranged for lunch to be provided to students living around the Kosgama area. News1st traveled across the Salawa area to inspect the current situation.

A woman from the area noted that even though they took their names and took note of the level of damage inflicted but they wouldn’t rebuild their houses fast enough.

The Army Engineering Corps together was seen engaging in a programme to reconstruct damaged houses on Tuesday as well.

While, houses which were completely destroyed in the fire could be seen, temporary tents could also be seen opposite such destroyed houses.

Many  residents are demanding that their houses be rebuilt as fast as possible. Operations were underway on Tuesday as well to clear shrapnel from the areas surrounding the Kosgama camp.

The Sri Lanka Navy which undertook the task of reconstructing the Salawa Hospital was able to hand over administration of the hospital back to its medical staff.

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