Circulars, regulations mustn’t delay flood relief efforts – President

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has directed public officials tasked with flood relief work to amend as necessary any circulars that may be delaying disaster relief efforts.

Rajapaksa made this directive at a meeting in Anuradhapura yesterday where he told officials that circulars or other regulations should not be reason to delay immediate relief or welfare measures for those affected by adverse weather.

The President’s Media Division (PMD) reported that the President, who had visited several flood-affected areas in the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa districts, directed officials to help the affected and “create a conducive environment for them to resettle soon after flood waters recede.”

A total of 65,316 people from 19,072 families have been affected by the adverse weather conditions so far, today’s situation report of the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said.

Two people are reported dead and one person is reported missing while six have been injured.

Stranded families and individuals have been moved to 133 safe locations, the DMC said.

Meanwhile, the Department of Meteorology said showers or thundershowers will occur at different intervals today (24) in the Northern Province while several spells of showers will occur in the Uva, North-Central and Eastern provinces and the Nuwara Eliya and Matale districts.

Showers or thundershowers are also likely in several other parts of the country after 2pm, the Met Department added.

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