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.
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.
Around 300 members of the Army, together with fellow-sailors and airmen are currentlyengaged in flood relief emergencies in worst-affected Galle, Kalutara, Matara, Ratnapura and Puttalam Districts as of yesterday (22th) noon.
Health Services Director General Dr. Anil Jasinghe said the Influenza virus spreading in the south has been fully controlled. “Only seven persons have died from the Influenza virus up to now. All media reports on various higher number of deaths are wrong.
People do not need to panic and the disease is at a controllable level, he said yesterday. There is no increase in the disease.The spread of the disease within hospitals has been fully controlled. Only between 500 to 600 patients receive medical treatment at the moment, Dr. Anil Jasinghe said.
Addressing a press conference held at the Government Information Department Auditorium in Colombo yesterday he said that the drug, Tamiflu had been provided adequately for all required hospitals, especially the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital, Matara Hospital and the Kamburupitiya Hospital including high floor oxygen (nasal cannulas). Face masks have been provided for health staff. High floor oxygen (nasal cannulas) have been sent to these hospitals.
President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the relevant official to make arrangements to recommence agricultural activities in the Mahaweli zones as the area receives sufficient water with the rains lashing the island for the past few days.
Certain deaths have occurred due to the failure to follow the instructions given by the Meteorological Department and disaster management centers as 2 persons have dies due to lightning strikes while working in a paddy field, says State Minister Palitha Range Bandara.
The death toll which was previously recorded 7 has increased to 8 due to the adverse weather condition, the Disaster Management Center said. 38, 046 individuals and 9,817 families in 18 districts are affected by the prevailing weather condition.