Seventy thousand displaced by floods in Puttalam

By Padma Kumari

Around 70,000 persons belonging to 11,976 families in ten Divisional Secretariat areas in the Puttalam District have been displaced due to floods, Puttalam District Additional Secretary, M.J. Lowe said.

He gave these figures at the flood threat review meeting held at the Puttalam District Secretariat auditorium under the patronage of Home Affairs Minister Chandrasiri Gajadheera.

“Relief will be provided by the Social Services Department for the displaced persons on humanitarian grounds,” he said adding that dry rations were obtained from World Food Organisation stores.

Mundel Divisional Secretary M.R.M. Malik said the main reason for the road getting submerged at Pulichchakulam and Pudukurippu and floodwaters not subsiding in a number of villages was the failure to broaden the Udappuwa estuary.

Wayamba Provincial Deputy Director of Health R.K.B. Ratnayake said there was a risk of dengue, malaria and diarrhoea spreading in the district.

“Sixty dengue cases have been reported from Chilaw, Arachchikattuwa, Mundel and Marawila Divisional Secretariat areas,” he said and sought the cooperation and assistance of all Pradeshiya Sabhas, Divisional Secretaries and other public sector organizations to name the coming week as ‘Anti-Dengue Week,’” Minister Gajadeera said.

“It is the responsibility of the regional administration to pass on the views and suggestions at the grassroots level to the top so that correct decisions can be made,” he said and added that the present experiences should be used to solve future problems.

Ministers Milroy Fernando and Dayasritha Tissera, Provincial Council and Pradeshiya Sabha members, Divisional Secretaries and other public officials participated at the meeting. []

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