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Reconstruction of flood ravaged areas begins from Ampara

Jan 17, 2011 10:51:32 AM - itnnews.lk

The development of areas devastated by floods has commenced.

Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva instructed the relevant officials to step up the reconstruction of the irrigation network in the Ampara District. The handing over of a stock of equipment worth 100 million rupees took place under the Minister’s patronage at the Ampara Town Hall. Minister P. Dayaratna was present.

In addition to dry rations, a stock of essential goods was donated on behalf of the flood victims of the Anuradhapura district. It is a joint donation of the Thai Embassy in Colombo and the Foreign Ministry. Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris and North Central Chief Minister Berty Premalal Dissanayake were present.

A programme to donate essential food and equipment for the displaced who had returned to their homes has been unveiled in the Batticaloa district. The launching took place under the patronage of Eastern Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan.

The Army has come forward to reconstruct the Eastern road network damaged by adverse weather. Soldiers of the Eastern 233rd Brigade headquarters are contributing to improving civilian life along with the receding flood waters.

Chief Incumbent of the Somawathi Raja Maha Vihara, the Ven. Sumangala Thera has said that no damage had been caused to the historic Chaithiya following floods. The sacred area was flooded for about two weeks.

Several houses in the Hantana area in Kandy are threatened with landslides as the area has caved in. Our correspondent said that if rain continued, the Uda-Bogambara area will be affected.