The Disaster Management Ministry announced that about 90 percent of the people affected by the Salawa ammunition dump explosion have been compensated by 31st of December, 2016.
According to the Ministry, Rs. 1.041 billion rupees have been paid as compensation to the people who were hit by the explosion at the Salawa army camp in Kosgama in June 2016.
The government had allocated Rs. 1.329 billion to settle the compensation for the victims and Rs. 1.041 billion out of that have been given as compensation by 31st of December.
Secretary to the Disaster Management Ministry S.S Miyanawala said that according to the government estimates property to the tune of Rs. 1.329 billion has been damaged.
According to government figures, 654 buildings have been completely or partially damaged due to the explosion of the army ammunition dump on 5 June 2016.
Since some victims have complained that the compensation was not enough, the government has repeatedly evaluated the properties. The process delayed the payment of compensation, the Secretary explained adding that the government has taken measures to pay the rest of compensation soon.
The temporary business places being built by the Urban Development Authority for the destroyed ventures are also expected to be handed over to the relevant persons by the end of February. The Ministry has granted necessary money last week.
Meanwhile, 350 acres of land has been earmarked to construct housing units for the people who lost their houses as a result of the landslide caused at the Saamasara Mountain in Kegalle.
100 housing units will be constructed with the support of Chinese government. 400,000 rupees will be given to the people to construct their own houses who have land blocks.