Special program to issue ID cards for flood, landslide affected
A special program is underway to issue national identity cards and birth certificates free of charge to displaced people who lost them in floods and landslides, Minister of Home Affairs Vajira Abeywardena says. The observation was made while speaking at a press conference held this morning (26). The Minister also added necessary funds to this program will be obtained through the Ministry. Meanwhile, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) announced, with the prevailing weather condition is expected to continue, some 3000 persons have been evacuated from landslide prone areas across the island. The DMC said 101 people were known to have died last week while another 100 people were still listed as missing in the worst hit central district of Kegalle. Military officials in the district, 100km (60 miles) northeast of the capital, said a search was still under way for the missing people although there was little hope of finding anyone alive under the tones of mud.