Residents say they are yet to receive relief after Salawa blast

Residents say they are yet to receive relief after Salawa blast

Residents say they are yet to receive relief after Salawa blast

Written by Staff Writer

05 Jul, 2016 | 10:50 pm

It has been a month since explosions rocked the Salawa area, following a fire that broke out at the Salawa Army Camp in Kosgama. Residents state that a majority of the houses and shops that were damaged and destroyed due to the fire are yet to be reconstructed.

Locals in the area stated that the construction activities of houses that were destroyed completely have not yet begun. The partially damaged houses and shops are still under renovation.

What sort of compensation will we receive? through what process will the compensation be provided by the government? These are the questions in the minds of those affected. A large number of people who were supposed to receive Rs.50,000 in the first round of providing compensation have not received it yet. The government has failed to provide compensation.

Valuations have been provided to some shop owners. However there are more who are yet to receive it. People who used to earn Rs.50,000 to Rs.100,000  on a daily basis have been left destitute and are now dependent on a water bottle and packets of rice. They are helpless. Most of the families live in tents. Speaking on the issue, a resident said:

What you see in front is my shop which has been there for the past 50 years. My shop was completely destroyed by the explosion. We received Rs.50,000. But the buildings have not been removed from the area and we survive with so much of difficulties. Nothing has been done.

Reports of estimated damage to the houses in the Salawa Grama Seva Division were handed over today under the auspices of officials attached to the Seethawaka Divisional Secretariat.

We inquired about the matter from Army Spokesperson Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera.

Brigadier Jayaweera noted that 742 houses that suffered minor damaged to its roofs have been repaired and that 50 such houses are yet to be renovated. Uniform material for 869 school students have been provided by the government. The Sri Lanka army has taken up the responsibility of preparing uniforms. In addition the Sri Lanka army has also taken steps to provide stationery  to 1500 students.

Army Spokesperson Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera also noted that steps have been taken steps to clean affected wells in the area and to remove bomb shrapnel from the area.

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