President Maithripala Sirisena went on an observational visit to Chilaw to inquire into the aids provided to the victims of disaster due to heavy rains today(26).
Meeting the political representatives and government officials in Mahawewa pradeshiya sabha the President inquired on the assistance provided to the people in the area.
President Sirisena instructed to continue the welfare programmes aimed at the victims as well as the rescue missions by the Tri forces systematically.
President Sirisena said that providing aid and assistance are operated in two stages and the government has the responsibility to assist during the period of disaster and also the welfare that should be provided after the disaster.
President Sirisena instructed to conduct a special program for the retired government officers as well as the junior government officers in order to provide assistance and not to make the circulars a barrier and to implement the decisions taken in accordance with the needs of the people.
The people residing around the area informed the President about the damage caused to the livelihoods due to heavy rains while the President agreed to consider their request to give assistance for them to obtain loan facilities.The President also instructed the relevant parties to give a report to him providing necessary information regarding the matter.
The President who appreciated the duty done by the security forces and government officials. He also expressed his grievance on the missing police officer during the operation and instructed the relevant parties to take immediate steps regarding the welfare of the officer’s family.
President Sirisena also observed the Madagoda bridge which was collapsed due to heavy floods.
The President who met the people around the area discussed their matters and instructed to take immediate steps to build the bridge.
Later, visiting Sri Pushpadana Viharaya the President looked into the matters of those people sheltered at the temple.
Around 250 people of 40 families are temporarily kept at the temple and the President discussed their matters and engaged in a brief discussion.