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Meethotamulla victims granted houses


Individuals whose houses were destroyed by the collapsing of the garbage dump in Meethotamulla last week have been given new houses.

Minister of Disaster Management Anura Priyadarshana Yapa noted that, each house was valued at 4 million rupees.

The Minister added that each family will be granted 50,000 rupees for the next three months and an additional 10,000 rupees if they had possessions to transport adding that if the individual’s weren’t satisfied with this arrangement they could remain at the temporary shelters that have been provided.

Meanwhile Government has taken steps to establish a garbage storage space within the next 30 days.

Minister of Disaster Management Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said garbage will be disposed at assigned spaces regardless of opposition and pressure inflicted by various factions.

Addressing a Media briefing held and the Ministry of Disaster Management today the Minister said the government is not prepared to bow down to threats made with regards to the disposal of Garbage.

Minister Yapa said the army will assist in the efforts to dump garbage at temporary locations adding that once a permanent location is selected, steps will be taken to formulate a long term solution to the garbage issue.

The Minister added that in future garbage will have to be segregated adding that laws in this regard will be gazetted.