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President orders maximum relief

President Maithripala Sirisena who is on an official visit to South Korea has issued directives to the Secretary to the President, Austin Fernando and Disaster Management Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa over the phone to provide maximum assistance to the people affected by adverse weather situation in the country.

The President has also ordered officials to deploy the Security Forces for relief and rescue operations in the affected areas. The officials have also been directed to launch operations in search of the fishermen who have been reported missing, as a result of adverse weather conditions prevailing in the country.

The government has already decided to provide emergency financial assistance of Rs.10,000 to each family affected by the adverse weather situation. A special discussion to look into relief in disaster hit areas was to be held under the patronage of Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday evening, with the participation of all party leaders