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Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 5.04 GMT

Rs. 100m to rebuild flood-hit houses


The National Construction Association will grant Rs 100 million to reconstruct the houses which have been damaged due to the floods and landslides.

This decision was taken after a meeting held with Construction, Engineering Services and Housing and Common Amenities Minister Wimal Weerawansa, representatives from the National Construction Association and District Managers and Technical Officers at the National Housing Development Authority yesterday.

The Minister said preliminary arrangements are being made to reconstruct the houses. Minister Weerawansa also invited the business community to assist the people to reconstruct their houses.

They can contribute toward the Sevana funds to the account 204100110085283 at the People's Bank Head Office or supply material to rebuild the houses.

The rains have destroyed 3,717 houses completely and 23,780 houses partially.

As the flood waters are receding, some of the displaced have started to return to their homes.

The Disaster Management Center (DMC) reported that as of February 9, 1,256,900 people from 336,410 families are affected by the floods. This includes 140,665 persons sheltered in 584 camps in 15 districts.

The death toll from rains has risen to 17 with 2 missing and 11 injured.

The UN agencies say the second wave of floods is worse than the previous round and has led to widespread crop losses causing the almost total loss of the investments towards the Maha season cultivation.

According to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), paddy and other field crops planted in Trincomalee and Batticaloa districts have completely been lost.

The United Nations agencies have stepped up the relief measures and continue to support the government-led flood relief efforts, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.

Meanwhile, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad extended his condolences to President Mahinda Rajapaksa over the flood situation.

Iranian Media reported that President Ahmadinejad expressed his sympathy over the deaths of a number of people and the displacement of thousands of families in certain parts of the country.

The Red Crescent Society of Iran has donated 20,000 Swiss Franc through the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to help the flood victims in Sri Lanka.






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