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Sri Lanka ends search, housing in three months

Apr 19, 2017 19:50 PM GMT+0530 | 1 Comment(s)

  

ECONOMYNEXT - Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday pledged permanent housing within three months to those displaced from Kolonnawa where the search for survivors came to an end with the toll hitting 32.

The Prime Minister toured the affected area and said that all displaced residents would have got new state housing by July. He was also offering 250,000 rupees to each family to replace lost household goods.

Wickremesinghe visited the area after a meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena and other ministers on providing assistance to the hundreds of people left homeless after Friday's collapse of the 300-foot rubbish mountain.

Meanwhile, the military said the search for survivors was effectively over as the death toll reached 32. A handful of people listed as missing have now been accounted for. "We are still carrying out clearing operations," military spokesman Roshan Seneviratne said. "The final death toll is 32 and a handful of people who were listed as missing are now accounted for."

Hundreds of security forces have been working round the clock to clear the debris at Kolonnawa on the northeastern edge of Colombo. Authorities have declared neighbouring areas unsafe for housing.

The Colombo Municipal Council had promised to remove the rotting piles of rubbish along the streets by noon on Wednesday, but residents said it remained uncleared.

There were sporadic protests in the suburbs of Colombo against the dumping of garbage in smaller landfills in their neighbourhoods.

Police were called to disperse protesters along a main highway on Wednesday and allow garbage trucks access to new dumping grounds. (COLOMBO, April 19, 2017)


 

1 Comments

  1. sacre blieu April 20, 12:02 PM

    This is a reflection of how the country has been rendered a dump heap of debt and corruption and crime of vicious proportions, by a bunch of seasoned crafty , corrupt and well connected few, who will stop at nothing to satiate their putrefying appetite for wealth at any price. Even the boast of a higher tax collection is now stalled by the tax officials protesting digitalisation, due to the fact that those doing illicit tax advising to so called tax consultants to hide the facts, will not be able to continue to do so. This is the style of most institutes. That is why the debt will never be tempered down.

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