Kajimawatte fire guts over 80 houses; over 200 displaced

Kajimawatte fire guts over 80 houses; over 200 displaced

Kajimawatte fire guts over 80 houses; over 200 displaced

Written by Zulfick Farzan

28 Sep, 2022 | 8:46 am

COLOMBO (News 1st); Eighty houses were completely destroyed following a fire that broke out in a series of houses in Kajimawatte, Grandpass on Tuesday (27) night.

Sri Lanka Police said the fire was contained by over fifty firefighters who battled the blaze for several hours.

Sri Lanka Police added that 220 people were displaced by the fire, and they were moved to a community hall and a temple temporarily until the area is cleared.

The Government Analyst will be summoned on Wednesday (28) to determine the cause of the fire.

Colombo District Secretary Pradeep Yasaratne told News 1st that steps will be taken to provide relief to the people who were displaced by the fire.

He said a proposal was put forward to award the displaced families houses from housing complexes owned by the Urban Development Authority.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is on an official visit to Japan, has instructed the President’s Secretary Saman Ekanayake to take steps to provide immediate relief to all the residents affected by the fire that broke out at the Kajimawatta complex in Thotalanga, Colombo.

The President had instructed Secretary Saman Ekanayake to intervene immediately and direct the Colombo GA, Tri Forces Commanders, the Fire Brigade, the Health Department, the Urban Development Authority and all other relevant government agencies to look into the needs of the people who were residing in the apartment complex and provide them the required facilities immediately.

Accordingly, all relevant departments have already taken steps to provide the maximum intervention required to douse the fire and provide all other necessary facilities promptly.

The President has further stated that special attention should be provided to attend to the needs of mothers, women and children who are affected by this tragedy.


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