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Providing dry rations to families whose agricultural activities were affected due to the drought

In terms of the circular No. NDRSC/2017/01 dated 02.08.2017 issued under the decision taken on the Cabinet Memorandum presented by H.E. the President in order to ensure the protection of the living condition of the agricultural families and agricultural labourers who have been affected by the drought, dry rations worth Rs. 4,000 per month, i.e. Rs. 2,000/- for each two-week period, was provided to families with less than three members, and dry rations worth Rs. 5,000 per month, i.e. Rs. 2,500/- for each two-week period, was provided to families with three or more than three members.

Four installments of this dry-ration assistance were provided to the recipients since August. A sum of Rs. 3.4 million is spent on providing this assistance. Provisions amounting to Rs. 6,500 million were granted by the Ministry of Finance for this programme, and as at 31.12.2017, provisions amounting to Rs. 6,246 million were distributed among 19 districts to provide the four installments of this assistance. An amount of Rs. 5,187 million is reported to have been spent on this programme by 31.12.2017.


Construction of disaster resilient house for relocation of people in disaster-prone areas

Approval was obtained through cabinet paper No. අමප/17/1216/715/017 dated 27.06.2017 to remove 15,025 families living in high risk landslide zones that have been identified as at 31.02.2017 by the National Building Research Organization and to relocate those families in safe areas.

Accordingly, in order to minimize loss of lives caused by landslides, resettling of families living in high risk zones in alternative lands is done under the supervision of the District Secretary with the following three options, and the required funds and the necessary guidance are provided by the National Disaster Relief Services Centre:

  • providing a sum of Rs. 1.6 million for the purchase of a land with a house;
  • for the purchase of a land and construction of a house, providing a sum of Rs. 0.4 million for the land and 1.2 million for the construction of the house; and
  • providing a sum of Rs. 1.2 million for the construction of a house in a state land.

The number of houses located in high risk zones as identified by the National Building Research Organization as at 31.05.2017 is shown in the following table.


No. of houses faced with high risk























District Secretaries have been provided with required financial provisions as follows for commencing the programme to relocate the people living in high risk disaster zones. Identification of suitable lands for relocating families, surveying of such lands, partitioning those lands and distributing them among the beneficiaries are being done at present by the District Secretaries.



Last Updated on Thursday, 12 April 2018 04:26  

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