(UDHAYAM, COLOMBO) – President Maithripala Sirisena made an inspection tour in the areas affected by floods and landslides in Bulathsinhala, Yatagampitiya, Nagahadola in the Kalutara district, on Monday (05).
The President also inquired about the damaged houses and properties due to the calamity and also joined in a Shramadana Campaign organized in the area by the Ministry of Environment in parallel to the World Environment Day.
This Shramadana Campaign carried out with the participation of the members of the Army and the Chinese relief teams.
The people living in the Nagahadola had to face this flood situation as a result of the blocking of the Nagahadola river due to the Pahiyangala Mountain landslide and the President after observing this place instructed the District Secretary to submit a report in this regard to him.
Furthermore, the President instructed the officials to submit a report on the cleaning of the obstructions of the Nagahadola river which was clogged due to the landslide soil.
President Sirisena has given instructions to the officials to implement a special programme for the benefit of the affected school children in the area and advised the District Secretary to continually look into the health care and other necessities of the people and school children in the area.
Currently, required lands to build the houses which were fully destroyed have been identified and the President told to expedite the resettlement process of the affected people after carrying out a proper feasibility study.
Later, the President also joined in a programme to distribute material goods to the affected people held at the Yatagampitiya Primary School.
Ven. Pahiyangala Ananda Thero, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera, Chief Minister of the Western Province Isura Devapriya, Mr. Udaya R. Senevirathne, Secretary, Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, Kalutara District Secretary U.D.C. Jayalal, and other officials participated on this event.