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Army ready to build houses for Koslanda victims

2014 Nov 07

By Madura Ranwala

Military and Urban Development Ministry spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said yesterday in Colombo that the Pakistan Army had rushed in Rs. 100 million worth of tents, medicines and generators for the Koslanda landslide victims.

Of the two planes, one carrying relief arrived on Tuesday and another was expected yesterday, he said.

Addressing the weekly press conference at Media Centre for Ministries of Defence and Urban Development, Brigadier Wanigasooriya said that the army would soon provide 63 families with temporary accommodation until permanent houses were built for them. "Once land is allocated the army will build the houses. The government has already offered land considered safe but it will have to be inspected by the National Building Research Organization."

Army spokesman Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera said that some of the landslide survivors had started going to work whilst being in welfare camps and arrangements would be made to conduct special classes for the students sitting the GCE O/L examination to be held in December.

The army had so far found nine bodies and valuables, Brigadier Jayaweera said.

Meanwhile, the Military Spokesman said that the bilateral relations that the Sri Lanka Army was having with Indian Army had not been affected due to the presence of Chinese's submarine in the Sri Lankan waters contrary to media reports.

He said media reports won't affect the Sri Lankan army’s longstanding relationship with the Indian army as they had joined with the Lankan army in the second 'Mithra Shakthi' exercise on November 3rd and it would end on November 23 at Uva Kuda Oya in the Hambantota and Monaragala Districts with the participation of 45 Indian para commandos.


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