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33 Billion Rupees allocated to improve livelihoods in flood-affected areas

Feb 11, 2011 5:04:17 AM - itnnews.lk

The President has directed to allocate 33 Billion Rupees to uplift the livelihoods and the property that were affected due to floods.

The Cabinet has approved the proposal made by the President in this respect. Serious damages were caused to the Eastern and North Central Provinces due to the floods caused by incessant rains in January and February. More than 1.43 million members of 333,986 families were affected by the floods. 200,000 hectares of paddy cultivation and 1.7 million hectares of other cultivations were fully or partially damaged. It has been calculated that this would cause a loss of 800.000 metric tons of paddy. The Disaster has also impacted 20,000 houses.

The government is also adverting on normalizing the vegetable cultivations destroyed due to floods. It has decided to provide seed paddy amongst the farmers free of charge and extend the fertilizer subsidy for fruit and vegetable farmers. Livestock farmers were also badly affected. More than 20,000 cows, buffaloes and goats were swept away by the floods in the Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Ampara and Polonnaruwa Districts. 319,250 chicken had also perished. A Task Force has been set up under the leadership of the President to issue orders required to normalize the situation and to carryout supervision. All activities will be coordinated through a streamlined programme with the involvement of the Cabinet Ministers