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Government will continue relief operations

Jan 13, 2011 10:57:15 AM - itnnews.lk

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has said that relief operations are continuing unabated to help the flood affected families. All arrangements are in place to grant relief.

Addressing journalists today to clarify the present position on the disaster relief operations, the Minister said

287,871 families are displaced by the adverse weather condition in 14 Districts. The number of persons impacted is one million 81 thousand 819 persons. 23 deaths had been reported and one had gone missing. The number injured is 36. The Minister told the media that 2680 families are totally damaged while the number partially damaged is 15,274. 591 Camps had been established and 83,722 families have taken shelter in these camps. He revealed that seven hospitals in the Batticaloa District are under water.

Referring to the grants provided, the Minister said that 138 million rupees had been released to Government Agents for 13 days while another 75 million rupees will be released tomorrow. He emphasized that the President without any hesitation took the initiative of granting the necessary assistance. The Minister referred to the significant mediation of Minister Basil Rajapaksa in these activities. He said that if grants were requested by the Government Agents instant approval was granted and the assistance provided on the same day.