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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2707

Government takes immediate measures to provide relief for those affected by floods

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Colombo, 02 June, ( President Mahinda Rajapakse has instructed relevant sources to provide speedy relief to those affected by floods. The President before leaving for the World food and Agricultural Organization's summit of Heads of State in Rome has given these instructions.

Director of the Centre for Disaster Relief Services N.D.Hettiaratchchi says 34 thousand families or more than one hundred and fifty thousand families were affected by floods in many parts of the Island.

District Secretary S.Hapuaratchchi says there are around 20 thousand flood victims in the Kalutara District.

The Department Irrigation says flood threats in low lying areas of the Kalu, Ging and Nilwala rivers have not yet subsided.

Deputy Director of the Department P.P.G. Dias says water level at the Kelani river is not expected to rise in the next six hours.

The Department of Meteorology predicts that the prevailing rainy weather might ease to some extent by tomorrow. However, moderate rains are expected in the next few days as well. A Department spokesman adds that rain accompanied by thunder may occur in the Western, Sabaragomuwa, Central, Uva, and Eastern and in North Western Provinces as well as in the Galle and Matara Districts.

Meanwhile Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake has instructed relevant authorities to provide instant relief to the victims of floods. He conveys his regrets to the relatives of families, whose members either been killed or disappeared due to floods.

It has also been reported that four persons were killed in an earth slip in Siri Dolawatte in Bulathsinghala.

The Department of Agriculture says compensation will be provided for paddy fields destroyed by floods.

Minister Hemakumara Nanayakkara said that instructions will be given to officials today to collect data on heavily affected paddy lands in the Galle and Kalutara Districts.

- Asian Tribune -

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