The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) urged people living in Kalutara, Madurawala, Dodangoda, Horana, Palindanuwara, Bulathsinhala, Ingiriya, Millaniya, Kirialla, Kuruvita, Alapatha, Ratnapura DS Divisions to evacuate to safe locations as the water level of Kalu River is on the rise.
The government has decided to increase the subsidy provided for the ‘Sisu Seriya’, ‘Gemi Seriya’ and ‘Nisi Seriya’ concessionary bus services. The ‘Sisu Seriya’ is to provide passenger transportation services based on subscription fees for school children and students of universities, technical colleges or similar institutes.
President Maihripala Sirisena says that it has been revealed about the unfair treatment to students by some teachers. These are evident in the facts revealed in the letters and phone calls received by him and during certain discussions held. They also highlight details about the quality and excellence of the interconnection between the teacher and student as well the unfair treatment to students by some teachers.
The Ministry of Disaster Management noted that the death toll due to the inclement weather has risen to 12 while the number of affected has risen to 153,500.
DMC and National Disaster Relief Services Centre (NDRSC) has provided Rs 14.7 million to the 12 district secretaries to address the immediate needs of the affected people. The DMC further noted that a heavy rainfall continued across several parts of the country resulting in flash floods mainly in twelve districts, including southern, western, north-western and southern provinces.
Nearly 7,526 families have been evacuated and sent to 194 welfare centres due to flood and landslide risks and around 447 houses are at high risk, either prone to floods or landslides. Military and police officials totalling 557 were mobilised immediately for search and rescue operations while 5,826 military and police personnel are on stand-by teams for immediate deployment.
The immediate rapid impact analysis estimates over 23,000 people need emergency flood relief and early recovery assistance. Two spill gates of the Rajanganaya reservoir were opened and the people living downstream were advised to be vigilant.
The DMC said the red notice that had been issued for several areas regarding possible disaster situation including landslides and floods was still valid and requested the people to be vigilant about possible risks.Email Facebook1 Twitter Google+ Pinterest0 WhatsApp Facebook Messenger
Nearly 105,352 persons of 18 districts have been affected due to prevailing adverse weather conditions, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) announced.Meanwhile the death toll has increased to 11 the DMC said in its latest update.
State Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources & Disaster Management Palitha Range Bandara says that a compensation of Rs 1 million each will be offered for those who have died while engaged in occupations during the current disaster situation. Meanwhile a sum of Rs 10,000 is planned to be provided for each house affected by the floods for cleaning activities.
Uva Provincial Library named after Agga Maha Pandita Most Ven. Davuldena Gnanissara Thera under President’s patronage A ceremony was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena to name the Uva Provincial Library after Agga Maha Pandita Most Venerable Davuldena Gnanissara Nayake Thera, today (21).
The President unveiled the plaque, which contained the name of the Most Venerable Davuldena Gnanissara Thera and he also launched the automation of the library project. The first few membership cards of the library were presented by the President to the members.
The book on Uva Provincial Library Service Board and a CD compiled regarding the Gnanissara Maha Nayaka Thera was presented to the President by Mrs. Manel Ratnayake, Chairperson, Uva Provincial Library Services Board.
Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, State Minister Lakshman Seneviratne, former Minister Dilan Perera, the Chief Minister of Uva Province, Chamara Sampath Dasanayake, Mayor of the Badulla Municipal Council, Priyantha Amarasiri and others participated in this event.
Meanwhile, President Maithripala Sirisena joined a personality development training programme titled as ‘Anagataya Dinana Daruwo’ held at the Badulla Town Hall, organized by the Daruwan Surakimu (Let’s Protect Our Children) National Programme implemented under the Presidential Secretariat.
Building a child, who will be able to triumph over challenges, increasing the nutritional level of the children, utilization of psychological methods and modern technological methods to prevent child abuse and enhancement of abilities of parents to protect their children are among the main objectives of the ‘Anagataya Dinana Daruwo’ programme being implemented across the country.
Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr. Chaminda Weerasiriwardena delivered the special lecture at this programme and the consultant Obstetrician & Gynecologist, Dr Nawaz Jiffry and Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr. Chathura Abeysooriya also delivered lectures at this event.
Presentation of scholarships for the A/L students who lost their parents due to the kidney disease, providing of aids to the underprivileged families and distribution of water purification systems for the people in vulnerable areas for the kidney disease were held on this occasion. President Sirisena provided financial assistance to renovate eight orphanages in the Uva Province.
The President handed over the agreement to, commence the Island-wide project to measure the quality of drinking water supply to school children, in Uva Province, to the Uva Province Director of Health Services, Dr. Nimal Shantha Gamagedara.
Mr. P.B.Wijayarathna, Chief Secretary, Uva Province, Senior Additional Secretary to the President Rohana Keerthi Dissanayake and others participated on this occasion.
Meanwhile, the little girl, M.N. Amani Raidha, who came to Colombo with her parents from Badulla to meet the President, also met with President Sirisena at this event. As promised, the President visited the residence of young Amani Raidah in Badulla recently.
The Disaster Management Centre said a total of 68,000 persons belonging to 18,079 families have been affected across 19 districts due to the adverse weather prevailing in the country. Disaster Management Centre (DMC) Deputy Director and Media Spokesman Pradeep Kodippili said more than 6,710 people have been displaced and currently staying in 168 safer locations in nine districts.
All preschools in the Southern Province will remain closed till June 4 while the primary section of other schools in eight educational areas in the province will be closed till May 25 due the viral decease spreading in the Province.
The Met Department says, heavy falls, about 150 mm can be expected in the Sabaragamuwa, Western, Central, North-western provinces and in Galle, Matara districts in the next few hours. The Department forecasts thundershowers for Wednesday (May 23) and Thursday (May 24th).