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The civil society demanded that the Government immediately appoint a high powered committee to study and furnish recommendations for sustainable solutions for relocation, remedial environmental measures and livelihood opportunities, within six months.

Decent Lanka 2015 said that the committee should be comprised professionals accepted in society as independent and well qualified professionals in the fields of geology, water management, the environment and other related areas.

Through a consultative process based on the committee’s recommendations, the Government has to come up with a holistic relocation programme for people living in all areas marked as danger zones prone for landslides in the Central, Uva and Sabaragamuwa Provinces which also includes remedial environmental measures and livelihood opportunities, Decent Lanka 2015 added.

In the Colombo and Gampaha Districts, a flood prevention plan including safe alternatives to people living in the low lying areas along the Kelani river basin must be developed and be included in the proposed Megapolis development programme, Co-Convener of Decent Lanka 2015, Attorney-at-Law Neville Ananda remarked.

The Government must announce details for the public to know of all foreign and local aid and donations received exclusively for the present flood and landslide relief work and how much compensation was and is given out in each Divisional Secretarial area, he noted.
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