Immediate grants to the tune of 200 million rupees have been released by the Government to grant relief to flood victims.
Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that the Government released 80 million rupees yesterday for welfare activities. In addition to Grama Niladharis, the Minister has issued instructions to the District Secretariats to seek the support of Government officials in the granting of relief to flood as well as landslide victims. So far, action was initiated to provide essential items, including cooked meals to those who had taken shelter in welfare camps. However, the Minister said that relief could also be extended by visiting public locations, including house and granting relief, sans being restrict to public circulars.
Minister Basil Rajapaksa toured some Districts affected by floods and landslides and inquired into the welfare operations. During a visit to Polonnaruwa, he pledged to provide dry rations sufficient to the people affected in the District. The Minister also toured the Vavuniya District to inquire into the welfare programmes mooted for the benefit of the affected families. During a visit to Anuradhapura, Minister Basil Rajapaksa met the flood victims and directly monitored their shortcomings. He assured to implement a relief programme to the farmers in the re-payment of agricultural loans also to provide them seeds for cultivation. Several Parliamentarians joined the Minister in this tour.
The Southern Provincial Council has donated dry rations worth two million rupees for families affected by adverse weather. The donations were collected under the guidance of Governor Kumari Balasuriya. The granting of essential items and cooked meals to families who have taken shelter in safe locations in Anuradhapura is continuing on the instructions of Chief Minister Berty Premalal Dissanayake. The Anuradhapura Municipal Council and the Army is supporting this relief operation.
400 people displaced by landslides in the Pallapathana area in Walapone have taken refuge in two schools in Ragala. Relief is being granted via the Walapone Divisional Secretary. Minister C.B. Ratnayake also inspected these activities.
Deputy Minister Nandimithr Ekanayake took the initiative of sorting out problems of the affected people in the Dambulla area.
50 families are rendered homeless following the overflow of Mhadivulwewa in Morawewa. The Navy has launched a special boat service to provide their requirements. Meanwhile, 600 families have taken shelter at four temporary camps within the Gomarankadawala Divisional Secretariat Division.
The Navy has deployed boats with relief teams to support the affected families. The Navy said they had deployed teams to help families affected by the disaster in the Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Polonnaruwa, Matale, Puttalam and Anuradhapura Districts.
President opens a new entrance to Yala
President Rajapaksa has declared open the new entrance of the Yala National Sanctuary.
The opening of the Galgedora entrance to the third Division of the Yala National Sanctuary took place under the patronage of the President. The Third Division of the Sanctuary spans 4200 hectares. The new entrance is located facing the Buttala main road. The new entrance leads to a beautiful location of the Sanctuary rife with bears. More than 250 thousand tourists had visited the Sanctuary last year. Earnings that year exceeded 190 million rupees. It is hoped that the number of visitors would further increase with the opening of the new entrance.