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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 - 18:53
Housing for the affected of Meethotamulla from tomorrow; Army vested with more responsibilities
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The President and the Prime Minister stated today that the government takes the responsibility of the Meethotamulla tragedy and would take necessary remedial action.

They took the decision during a special meeting held at the Disaster Management Ministry today.

The President has directed his officials to provide housing to the affected residents with effect from tomorrow.

At the same time the President has ordered UDA officials to provide housing for others whose houses are located in the danger prone area of Meethotamulla.

Researchers and scientists have identified these danger prone areas and, they have proposed to evacuate the residents from such area.

The evacuated families should be provided new housing within the first week of July.

At the same time, orders were given to remove the garbage mount from Meethotamulla under the direction of Sri Lanka Army.

It was also decided to cancel all unauthorized settlement from the area.

Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe has advised the Treasury to release necessary fund for this program.

Army Media Spokesman Brigadier Roshan Senevirathna stated that search operations in the affected site are still continuing.

He said that police and disaster management centre are assisting Army in its operations.

Following the Meethotamulla tragedy, 1059 persons belonging to 245 families have been displaced and, 11 persons are still receiving treatment a Colombo National Hospital.

The Disaster management center stated that 8 persons are still missing following the disaster.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who returned to the island after his tour of Vietnam inspected the collapsed area of Meethotamulla garbage mount. Later, the premier expressed his views to the media.

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