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Tuesday, 17 May 2016 - 7:11
Provide immediate relief to rain victims- Prez says
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President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed authorities to provide immediate relief to people affected by the adverse weather condition.

He has given these instructions during a special meeting held in the Presidential Secretariat.

He has also increased the daily allowance given to each displaced person from Rs. 150 to Rs. 225.

The cabinet paper, relating to this, will be presented in the parliament today.

The president instructed security forces to be vigilant and pointed out that it is important for the tri-forces and police to provide protection and relief to people affected in floods, landslides and heavy winds.

It was clarified that Secretary to the President and other relevant officials will be available to assist with conveying information and instructions as required.

During the meeting, attention was drawn to launch a proper disaster management program to mitigate adverse effects of natural disasters in the future.

President Sirisena directed the Building Research Department to initiate a rapid program to enlighten the people on identifying places that are prone to experiencing land slides.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Finance has allocated emergency funds for compensation to victims.

Thus, a damaged house will receive a maximum compensation of Rs. 2.5 million and a family with a person who died in a disaster would receive Rs. 100,000.

A compensation of Rs. 1 million will be paid to the family of a fishermen who loses his life.

The Police urged the affected to call its emergency unit on 119 or the police assistance room and the IGP commanding information centre on 2 44  44  80 and 2 85 4 9 31 and all police divisional operation centres throughout the island.

In addition, the Defence Ministry has also introduced new telephone numbers for relief assistance during disaster emergencies.

The numbers are: 2 43 4 2 51 of the Sri Lanka Army Operation Room, 2 44 5 3 68 the Sri Lanka Navy operation room and 2 34 3 9 70 of the Sri Lanka Air force operation room.

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