Sri Lanka: Permanent Houses For Families In High Risk Landslide Zones


The Sri Lanka government said it has paid its attention towards relocating the families, who are currently in high risk landslide zones and providing them with houses considering the possible disaster situations.

According to the National Building Research Organization (NBRO), nearly 14,680 such families have been identified in nine districts including Badulla, Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, Matale, Kegalle, Kalutara, Matara, Ratnapura, and Hambantota.

Accordingly, the proposal made by Minister of Disaster Management Anura Priyadarshana Yapa to provide a financial grant to each families by the government to purchase a land, to look into the possibility of providing a house from the housing schemes implemented by the Ministry of Housing and Construction, and to take necessary steps to prevent those people resettling in their previous lands was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

A new house to be built will be granted Rs. 1.2 million. Sri Lanka Army and the Ministries of Housing and Construction and the Vocational Training will support the program.

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