Items filtered by date: Saturday, 10 June 2017

DMC report gives overall figures: 600,000 affected by floods, 850,000 affected by drought

While some 600,000 people had been hit by the recent floods and landslides in the South, a total of 849,752 individuals belonging to 243,683 families in eight districts in the north and east had been affected by the severe drought condition across the country, the Disaster Management Centre census revealed yesterday.


DMC didn't save lives; only distributed relief: JVP

The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) has confined itself to distributing relief whenever there is a disaster and had kept away from its main duty of preventing such situations, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) MP Sunil Handunetti said yesterday.


Appreciate move by Health Minister to import Dextran 40: GMOA

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday said that it appreciated Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne’s immediate and positive response to their reports of a shortage of Dextron 40, a drug used to treat dengue patients.

GMOA Media Spokesman Dr. Samantha Ananda told a news conference that Minister Senaratne had immediately agreed to import more Dextron 40 after the revelation made by the GMOA about the shortage of the drug in the country.


Rs. 8 bln needed for repairs after recent disaster

More than Rs.8 billion is needed to repair the damage caused by the recent floods and landslides, Disaster Management Minister Anura Priyadharashna Yapa informed Parliament yesterday. In response to a question asked by JVP MP Sunil Handunhetti, he said this amount could be recovered from the Insurance Trust Fund (ITF).


Cops to get tough on child begging

In the wake of a sudden rise in child begging in the recent past, especially in the city of Colombo and its suburbs, the police have decided to initiate special raids to arrest those who forced children into begging, the Police Headquarters announced yesterday .



Warnings were sent prior to disaster: Minister Yapa

The Disaster Management Ministry had sent warnings before the recent catastrophic flood, Disaster Management Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa yesterday said.

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