Flood victim compensation delayed

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By Shaahidah Riza 2016-08-30

BY SHAAHIDAH RIZA


The second instalment allocated for flood victim compensation is being delayed by the Pradeshiya Sabhas in the affected areas. They appear lackadaisical in assessing damages and documenting the information, which has to be sent to the insurance companies prior to the releasing of funds to the victims, said Minister for Disaster Management Anura Priyadarshana Yapa.
Earlier in May this year, several areas in Colombo and Gamapaha districts were inundated by floods, where water levels rose as high as 9' (nine feet) in certain areas leaving several families displaced. A large number of houses and properties were damaged as a result, rendering several homeless.


Speaking to Ceylon Today, Yapa explained the reason for the delay; "We had decided to give Rs 10,000 to each flood victim in Colombo and Gampaha and other areas where they were affected by the floods.
We have now released the funds. The next instalment means that insurance company's questionnaire with regard to loss and damages must be filled and certified by Grama Sevaka and the damage must be ascertained by the officer appointed to do that in the Pradeshiya Sabha. These forms must be given to the District Secretary and then we will ask the insurance company to sort this out. They have not filled the forms, which have to be sent to the District Secretary which will ultimately reach the ministry. If they have done all of these, then the company will pay. If they give us the correct forms and the correct amount it's just a matter of disbursing funds. If they have not done that, what can I do?"


He noted that he had called for a meeting next Monday (5) with all the District Secretaries to discuss this issue, as the Ministry of Disaster Management is responsible to report to the Ministry of Finance with relevant updates.
"We want to finish it as quickly as possible. We don't want to keep people always guessing. They have their grievances. We want to make sure that people are compensated and we want them to live happily. That is our position." 

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