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Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 05.05 GMT
Government to provide concessions for 11, 459 families affected by droughts


The government has implemented a number of accelerated programmes to provide concessions to the people who affected by the prevailing drought. Many people face immense difficulties as their daily income has been curtailed by damages to their crops. Such families will be identified and alternative livelihood programmes will be started for them. Such family members will be included in micro development projects such as renovating small irrigation canals, rural roads, Etc….

They will be given 8 to 12 days work per month for a payment of maximum 6,000 rupees. Excess silt and mud sediment in reservoirs and tanks will be removed and distributed among the rural bricks and tile earthen manufacturers free of charge.

Drought stricken families will be provided with drinking water using bowzers. 600 agri wells in selected areas will also be renovated soon.

The drought is currently prevailing in the districts of Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Moneragala, Ampara, Hambantota, Puttalam, Trincomalee, Mannar, Vavuniya and Mullaitivu.

11, 459 families in these districts have been severely affected due to the drought.

The Irrigation Department stated it is essential to dig irrigation wells in Weeraketiya of the Hambantota district, main tank areas of the Anuradhapura district and Padaviya Divisional Secretariat Division area.

Water and Disaster Management will be taken actions to purchase 100 water bowsers within the next few days.




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