Dry rations and drinking water for drought affected

 

President Maithripala Sirisena's decision to give dry rations to farmers affected by the drought is being carried out continuously.

The program is covering 13 districts and the items given include flour, dhal, sugar, lentils and canned fish. Farmers selected by District Secretaries and Divisional Secretaries are issued this dry ration through the co-operatives.

President Sirisena recently made a visit to Kabithigollawa to look into the problems faced by the famer community due to the drought and instructed to provide dry rations as we as drinking water.

According to the president’s instructions, drinking water is being distributed with the support of Sri Lanka Army. An extensive program is in effect to provide drinking water for 250,000 people in 117 divisional secretariat divisions in 20 districts.

Meanwhile, a discussion in this regard was held under the patronage of President’s Secretary Austin Fernando yesterday (21st Aug.) with representatives from Ministries of Disaster Management, City Planning and Water Supply, Home Affairs and Finance.

At this meeting, it was decided to increase the drinking water supply and to extend it to the night as well. They also discussed to purchase more water bowsers.

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