Only 17,000 flood victims in temporary shelters

The number of persons displaced by the recent floods in several districts has recorded a steep decrease as only 17,000 people remain in 70 temporary camps. Cooked meals and dry rations are being distributed among the displaced people by the respective Goverment Agents.

5,381 houses have been fully damaged and 947 have been partially damaged by floods, The government will pay Rs 50,000 for each fully damaged house and Rs 20,000 for each house partially damaged, once the ongoing assessment of the situation is completed.

At the peak of the bad weather altogether more than one million people were affected in the districts of Batticaloa, Ampara, Trincomalee, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Moneragala, Badulla, Kandy, Kegalle, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Mannar and there were 363,000 displaced people housed at over 500 centers.

By Tuesday,there were only 17,000 people in 70 camps. The floods had caused immense destruction to properties and farmlands, mainly in the rice producing Eastern Province where over 230,000 acres of paddy cultivation were completely destroyed.

The Director General of Government Information Prof. Ariyarathna Ahugala said that the government would continue providing relief’ goods as it had received large stocks of relief aid from Japan (JICA.) and India in addition to relief provided by UNICEF, IOM and the Red Cross.

The death toll had increased 40 and four people are still missing while 51 were injured.

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