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The education minister says 25 thousand school children are affected by floods. A dedicated fund for them.

Education minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says that he is reported as 25 thousand school children are being affected by recent flood threats. Addressing a media briefing held at Sirikotha this morning he said that he is sending engineers and technical officers to renovate the damaged buildings of the schools.

He expects to prepare a special cabinet paper over the subject. All the dilapidated buildings will be removed and will be replaced by new buildings.
Parliamentarian Ashu Marasinghe joining the press briefing said the back benchers of the parliament are preparing a special fund to help affected school children.

South Korea provides flood relief.

The Government of the Republic of Korea has decided to provide humanitarian assistance worth of 300,000 US dollars to Sri Lanka in the form of relief goods such as family tents, blankets and tarpaulins, which will be delivered as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, the Korean community and companies in Sri Lanka are also joining efforts to assist the Sri Lankan people affected by floods and landslides.

The President says all religious leaders should come into the same forum to prevent religious conflicts.

President Maithripala Sirisena says all religious leaders should come into the same forum to prevent religious conflicts. The law should also be enforced strictly. The president points out that a common awareness program should also be implemented to knock common sense into the heads of the elements that attempts to wield religious hatred and violence.

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The health authorities request the mothers not to give powdered milk to the children in the affected areas.

The health authorities request the mothers not to give powdered milk to the children in the affected areas. Specialist doctor of the Family health bureau Mrs. Hiramyaa Jayawickrema says giving milk powder to children in welfare camps could lead to intestinal related diseases like diarrhea. The best food for infants is breast feeding.

Prof. Kapila Dahanayaka says if the rain continuous, there will be risk of landslides high steep areas.

Prof. Kapila Dahanayaka of the geology department in the Peradeniya University says if the rain continuous there will be risk of landslides high steep areas. However, there is minimum risk of re-activating the occurred landslides in the past week. If rainfall over 100 millimeters experiences instantly in high mountainous areas in Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Matale districts there will be heavy risk of landslides. Therefore, the professor points out people living in such areas should be further vigilant.

The President says livelihood of the affected people will soon be re-established with all required facilities.

President Maithripala Sirisena says maximum concessions will be given to the affected people and their livelihood will be made normal with immediate effect. Despite the criticism by some elements The government has already taken every possible measures to look into the needs of the affected people.

The President made these remarks at a ceremony held this morning when Minister Mahinda Amaraweera assumed duties as the new State Minister of Development. The President further said that the country needs practical and new thinking politicians. The government will always give priority to qualified and skilled people.

The government has taken number of measures to provide relief to the affected people.

Co-cabinet spokesman Gayantha Karunathilleka says the government has taken number of measures to provide relief to the affected people. The cabinet has met yesterday and taken number of decisions in this connection. Extending condolence to the affected families the cabinet of ministers has expressed its gratitude to all officials including the armed forces for their priceless contribution towards the relief activities. At the press briefing held in Colombo today the minister said, the daily food allowance for the affected persons has been increased upto 300 rupees.

A decision on reopening the damaged schools will be taken on Friday.

Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says a decision will be taken on Friday whether to open the closed schools due to adverse weather. About 44 students have died in the disaster. Eight students are still missing.

At a press briefing held in his ministry today he said, three sets of uniforms will be given free to the students in the affected areas. In addition exercise books and text books will also be provided. Each affected student is to be given a pair of shoes as well. The minister further said that affected students will be allowed to report to schools in colored dresses till they get their new uniforms. The minister requests the cooperative banks and credit societies to give priority to affected teachers in issuing loans.

Affected household will be provided electricity free of charge.

Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says a special package of concession has been introduced for the flood hit people.  If the electricity meters and transmission lines in their households have been damaged , the electricity board will repair them free of charge.

They will be provided with a grace period of 8 months to pay their Maya and June bills. Arrears will be omitted for the households totally damaged. These concessions are applicable for small scale entrepreneurs as well.  People can dial the Hot line 0113 030303 for any emergency needs.

The President pledges maximum effort for the wellbeing of affected people.


President Maithripala Sirisena says maximum concessions will be given to the affected people and their livelihood will be made normal with immediate effect. The government has already taken every possible measures to look into the needs of the affected people.

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