More than 250,000 are affected by the adverse conditions. Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that immediate measures are in place to extend relief to the affected families on the instructions of the President.
The Minister said that at present about 250,000 are affected by the calamity. Also many houses are damaged. Rescue and relief operations are continuing unabated. Officials and vehicles of Disaster Centres in other areas have been diverted to disaster struck areas. Funds have been granted to secure sufficient food. In addition many trucks with goods have been dispatched to the relevant affected areas. The Minister added that the District Secretaries have been notified to intimate their requirements and these would be met even tomorrow despite being a holiday.