‘Ad­verse weather af­fects over 69,583 per­sons’

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

Over 69,583 per­sons in 17,303 fam­i­lies have been af­fected with the ad­verse weather.twelve per­sons have died, while 18 per­sons had sus­tained in­juries, Ir­ri­ga­tion and Wa­ter Re­sources and Disas­ter Man­age­ment State Min­is­ter Palitha Range Bandara told Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day.

“Rs.100,000 is paid as com­pen­sa­tion for a death and cooked food and other es­sen­tial items are dis­trib­uted us­ing funds re­leased to the District Sec­re­taries.

An ad­vance of Rs.10,000 is paid per fam­ily to re­pair their dam­aged houses un­der a part of the in­sur­ance scheme. A dam­age as­sess­ment com­mit­tee was ap­pointed to look into the dam­age and Rs. 2.5 mil­lion will be paid per a dam­aged house, he said.

Small and medium scale busi­nesses with a turnover of less than Rs.10 mil­lion will re­ceive Rs.2.5 mil­lion for dam­aged stocks and Rs.100,000 for ma­chines dam­aged. These are the ceil­ings set for com­pen­sa­tion,“he said. The Min­is­ter said that sev­eral reser­voirs are un­der con­struc­tion in key river basins to re­tain flood wa­ters for agri­cul­ture.

He said the govern­ment com­menced build­ing reser­voirs and dams in key river val­leys as a long term mea­sure to con­trol the floods. The wa­ter col­lected from each of these ir­ri­ga­tion projects will be chan­neled to dry zones for agri­cul­ture and other pur­poses, he said.

“A key study was carried out on the Ke­lani River and dis­cus­sions were held with the Ja­panese govern­ment for a project.we will use the ex­pert knowl­edge and rec­om­men­da­tions from lo­cal and for­eign ex­perts.the Mal­wathu Oya project, the third largest reser­voir project in the coun­try, will be set up in Than­thir­i­male,” the Min­is­ter said.he cau­tioned that the av­er­age tem­per­a­ture is pro­jected to in­crease by 2 de­grees by 2020 and longer and more fre­quent droughts and high winds will hit the coun­try. That will re­sult in a wa­ter scarcity in 2050, he said. (DGI)

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