“Rs.1500mn spent on insuring victims of natural calamities ” – Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara

“Rs.1500mn spent on insuring victims of natural calamities ” – Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara

“Rs.1500mn spent on insuring victims of natural calamities ” – Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara

Written by Staff Writer

25 Sep, 2019 | 10:51 pm

Colombo (News 1st) – Minister of Public Administration and Disaster Management Ranjith Madduma Bandara stated that the government has allocated Rs.12 million to provide relief for those affected by the recent floods. He mentioned that they have informed that necessary actions be taken in Galle and Kalutara districts. He stated that they have identified around 10,000 families in several districts adding that their Ministry has started to construct houses for those in need. He further emphasized that the government intends to construct houses for those who are currently residing in locations susceptible to landslides during the next 2 to 3 years. He further added that they have spent around Rs.1500 million to provide insurance to the victims of the natural calamities.

Representatives of the Department of Meteorology spoke about the weather situation in the country.

Director of Meteorology Department, Anusha Warnasooriya highlighted that the prevailing weather conditions are likely to ease from tomorrow in accordance with their data. The Director added that even though rainfall is expected to reduce temporarily, the inter-monsoonal weather condition would enhance along with thundershowers during the evening hours.

Director of Department of Irrigation, Mala Alawathugoda, added that the level in Millakanda, Kalu Ganga is low. She continued that the water level would recede further. She added that Baddegama and Panadugama are exposed to minor flood situations. She further added that the water levels in Aththanagalu Oya, Dunamale and every other river are normal.

Director-General of NBRO, Asiri Karunawardena added that Red alerts for Landslides have been issued to Bulathsinhala, Walallawita, Mathugama, Agalawatte areas in the Kalutara. Elpitiya, Niyaagama, Naagoda, Imaduwa, and Baddegama areas are inclusively issued Red warnings on the possible landslides, he added. He stated that Level 2 warnings have been issued to Athuraliya and Pitabeddara areas in Matara to be prepared to evacuate to a safe location if required. Furthermore, Level 2 landslide warnings have been issued to the Yatiyanthota in Kegalle whereas Level 1 warnings have been issued to Kalawana, Ayagama, Kiriella, Eheliyagoda, Ratnapura and Kuruvita areas.

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