Government permits granting relief to drought victims deviating from circulars

Government permits granting relief to drought victims deviating from circulars

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Minister of Disaster Management has issued orders to grant relief needed by the people of Polonnaruwa experiencing hardships as a result of the drought, devoid of circulars.
Seven Divisional Secretariat Divisions in Polonnaruwa are severely impacted by the dry climatic conditions prevailing in the area. The Disaster Management Minister has instructed Government officials to take suitable initiatives to extend relief to the drought affected families. These directions were given at a special discussion held at the Polonnaruwa District Secretariat.
Among those who joined in this meeting were Divisional Secretaries, Police Officers and officials of the Disaster Management Centre.
More than 82,000 persons of 22,536 families have been experiencing hardships due to the severe drought conditions. The drinking water needed by these families is being supplied with bowsers. Containers required to store the water in their houses are also being supplied.
Meanwhile, a vast area was devastated by a fire which erupted in the Ma-oya Reserve in Polonnaruwa. It has spread rapidly following the dry climatic situation, due to setting of fire on Reserve lands. As a result many valuable trees and animals have been destroyed. The fire was extinguished by the Thamankaduwa Fire Brigade Unit along with the support of the residents.