PM chairs special meeting to discuss relief

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday held a special meeting at Temple Trees to discuss immediate steps to provide necessary relief to the people affected by the prevailing unfavorable weather.

During the discussion attended by the relevant stakeholders, the Premier instructed the authorities to keep the Tri-Forces on standby for relief and rescue operations. He also urged Local Government representatives to work with the Government Agents and Divisional Secretaries in their respective areas in organizing relief measures.

The Director General of the Disaster Management Centre Dr.S.Amalanadan gave details about the current situation and additional secretary to the ministry of home affairs A.A.N. Silva explained the steps taken by government authorities to provide relief to those affected. The Additional Secretary explained that the government agents had enough funds to meet expenditures currently and added the situation is constantly being monitored.

The Premier instructed authorities to monitor the situation constantly and carry out relief measures with maximum efficiency. The Prime Minister contacted Disaster Management Minister Duminda Dissanayake and Defence Secretary over the phone to inquire about the latest situation.