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Natural disasters claim 106 deaths so far this year – Minister Chamal Rajapaksa

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A total number of 106 deaths have been reported due to natural disasters so far this year while the death toll due to natural disasters stood at 62 last year, National Security and Disaster Management State Minister Chamal Rajapaksa said.

He told Parliament that some 23,119 houses have been damaged so far this year and the total houses that were damaged last year were 29,584.

In his response during the adjournment debate moved by Rajika Wickramasinghe on the natural disasters, the Minister said 1,895 individuals from 546 families from ten Divisional Secretariats in the Kegalle District were displaced due to extreme weather during the past couple of weeks.

He said six deaths were reported in the Kegalle District while 104 people are sheltered in four centres.

He also said eight houses were fully damaged and 278 houses were partially damaged in the Kegalle district.

“Steps are taken to provide immediate relief to all those affected. People will be provided with an initial payment of Rs. 10,000 for houses that suffered damages. The required funds have been sent to District Secretariats by now. We have released a payment of Rs. 250,000 for the families that had lost its members,” he said.

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