President Maithripala Sirisena presided over a special meeting on flood devastation and the relief work for flood victims in Hambantota today (June 6). The meeting was held at the Hambanthota District Secretariat.
The President advised officers to rebuild the affected houses in Hambanthota district, undertake repairs to the destroyed road system, school and public places, restore the affected irrigation system and restore cultivable lands affected by floods as soon as possible.
He also instructed officials to immediately provide repair cost estimates about affected roads, bridges, and culverts. He also assured that the required funds will be made available in stages.
Furthermore, The President advises officers to take immediate action to restore irrigation systems and give free fertilizer and paddy for the farmers in affected areas in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture.
The President also emphasized the need to evacuate people in vulnerable areas and instructed officials to take steps to resettle them properly. He said that those who are unwilling to leave their houses should be made aware of the dangers they face due to possible landslides. With regard to unauthorized constructions in flood affected areas, the President said a proper plan of action must be formulated in consultation with the political leaders in the area.
Ministers Sajith Premadasa, Mahinda Amaraweera, Chief Minister Shan Wijayalal de Silva, State Minister Dileep Wedaarachchi and district political representatives and Hambanthota District Secretary W.H Karunarathne and other officers participated in this discussion.