A payment of Rs. 10,000/- per month has been approved by President Maithripala Sirisena for farmer families affected by the drought, in terms of a presidential directive.
He has further directed that the payment should be made after obtaining the details of the families by a committee comprising of the Divisional Secretaries, Grama Niladharis and Samurdhi Officers of the respective areas.

He has further directed that drinking water provided to the families should be of potable standard, and that possibilities should be explored to provide transport to people by buses to common wells and water points for public use.