6 months dry rations for flood victims

Monday, 7 February 2011 02:22 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has directed the Ministry of Economic Development to provide dry rations to the flood affected people for six months.

The President has instructed the officials to provide this concession to the people irrespective of their income and the place they sought shelter after being affected by the floods.

The government has estimated that the provision of dry rations alone will cost Rs. 800 million.

The flood affected can collect their dry rations from the cooperative stores of their respective villages.

IDPs in camps affected by floods

Authorities say people internally displaced by the war who are still remaining in the welfare camps in the Wanni now have been displaced by floods.

Vavuniya District Secretary P.S.M. Charles has told the media that the Internally Displaced Persons in Vavuniya welfare camps have been affected by the floods and they have been relocated as a result.

Charles has said that nearly 1,000 of the displaced persons have been relocated to a nearby higher land.

There are 17,000 IDPs remaining in the Menik Farm welfare camps in Vavuniya and they are to be relocated to higher lands.

Meanwhile, a large number of resettled families are once again displaced due to the floods in the Vavuniya District.