An allowance of Rs. 50,000 will be given to those affected by the Kosgama – Salawa Army Camp explosion is scheduled to begin today.
Seetavaka Divisional Secretary H. M. S. K. Bandara said that while the affected persons’ estimate report is due to be received today, the allowance would be paid accordingly.
The Government said that steps would be taken to pay the relevant allowance till the persons concerned reconstruct their houses and resettle in them.
Meanwhile Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday inspected the disaster-hit Salawa camp premises and surrounding areas.
On this occasion the Prime Minister said that there was no truth in the statements that some persons were making to the effect that there was no money to provide relief for the explosion hit persons.
The explosion took place last Sunday, destroying the Salawa army camp and many houses surrounding it.
By now it has been revealed that about 300 houses were completely damaged by the explosion.
Assessment of 360 explosion-hit houses has been completed.
Assessment of 419 houses is due to be completed in the next two days.
Similarly it has also been decided not to charge fees for the re-supply of electricity to affected locations.
Home Affairs Minister Wajira Abeywardhana said that it was decided to grant a six-month grace period for unpaid arrears of electricity fees and to provide CDMA telephones with the original numbers of stationary telephones.
The OPD of the Kosgama hospital hit by the army camp explosion reopens today after reconstruction.
Similarly schools of the area that had been closed in coincidence with the explosion too are due to reopen today.
Meanwhile the CID said that statements of about 50 persons had been obtained with regard to the Salawa camp explosion.
A CID official said that 30 of them were army personnel.
Similarly the same official said further that a group of CID and Government Analyst’s Department officials were remaining at the site and carrying out investigations.