A provision of over Rs. 350 million has been released by the Treasury to the District Secretaries through the Ministry of Disaster Management and another Rs. 500 million has been already allocated for flood relief, the ministry of Finance and Planning announced yesterday (8).
Due to the unfavuorable weather condition affected the island, the heaviest damage has occurred Batticaloa district and Rs. 100 million has been granted by the General Treasury to provide reliefs for the people in that area. In addition to the above Rs. 50.5 million for Ampara, Rs. 43 million for Trincomalee, Rs. 33 million for Vauniya and Rs. 23.8 million for Polonnaruwa districts have been granted, the Treasury said.
"Rs. 17.1 million for Mannar, Rs. 6.4 million for Mulativ, Rs. 5 million for Kilinochchi and Rs. 1.6 million for Jaffna districts have been granted to provide relief for the flood affected. "Rs. 10.5 million for Matale, Rs. 4.5 million for Nuwara Eliya and Rs. 3.8 million for Kandy Districts have already been released to provide relief for the people living in Central hills.
"Rs. 23 million has been granted for Badulla district whilst Rs. 3.2 million has been granted for Monaragala district to facilitate the damage stricken. In addition to the above one million each has been granted for Matara, Hambantota and Kegalle districts.
"All the financial requirements requested by the Ministry of Disaster Management and District Secretaries have been fulfilled by now by the General Treasury and it has taken further steps to allocate provision in future on such requests of the Districts Secretaries and the Ministry of Disaster Management," the Finance Ministry said.
Meanwhile, UNICEF is dispatching more supplies to support communities hit by severe flooding.
This new consignment of materials means the total value of supplies sent in the past three weeks by UNICEF Sri Lanka to assist communities in the east of the country is more than $600,000 (USD).
These supplies are largely aimed at helping families to ensure they have access to safe water and an ability to maintain basic levels of hygiene.
UNICEF’s consignments have been handed over to local government officials in order to distribute badly-needed goods to the displaced. This UNICEF support is part of a wider Government and UN effort to help the affected communities.
The UN is currently revising its emergency fund-raising appeal to reflect the impact of the renewed flooding.
The Sri Lanka Floods Flash Appeal has reached $7.7 million as of yesterday (Feb 08), out of $50 million that had been requested, or about 15 percent. The Flash Appeal will be revised at the end of the month, Martin Nesirky, spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon said.
Meanwhile, President Mahinda Rajapaksa directed officials use monies allocated for Cricket World Cup musical shows for the flood relief.
The musical shows had been scheduled to be held in Kandy and Hambantota.
"The President has instructed the Sports Minister to divert all the funds that were to be used for thes musical shows organized by the Sports Ministry for flood relief," Bandula Jayasekara, Director General President's Media said.