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Meethotamulla displaced to receive Rs.50,000


The government has decided to grant 50,000 rupees to families displaced as a result of the collapse of the garbage dump in Meethotamulla for a period of three months.

Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa speaking to NewsRadio said the 50,000 rupees will be granted to around 300 families.

The Minister said an assessment will be made to determine if houses or compensation will be awarded to those affected.

The funds are being provided for the displaced to rent out houses until estimations are completed.

The Minister said 98 houses are prepared to be handed over while 60 houses will be handed over today.

He added for those who have been asked to evacuate due to risks, they will be provided Rs.50,000 monthly for three months, and Rs.10,000 to move home appliances.

Minister Yapa stated the government will either provide compensation or a house for resettlement.

The Minister also said the government has decided to waive off the housing loans of those in the ‘Dhampura Housing Scheme’ in the Housing Authority.