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    Fishing community affected by MV X-Press Pearl shipwreck to receive Rs. 5000 allowance from Tuesday

    June 15, 2021

    Gampaha District Secretary Sunil Jayalath stated that an allowance of Rs. 5000 will be given to 9883 fishing families who lost their livelihood due to the incident of the MV X-Press Pearl from June 15 onward.

    As a consequence of the shipwreck, 7753 fishing families have directly lost their income and 2130 families who were engaged in occupations such as drying fish and fish netting have lost their income. 

    Among the affected families, there are 8033 fishing families in Negombo Divisional Secretariat, 1565 fishing families in Wattala Divisional Secretariat, 247 fishing families in Katana Divisional Secretariat and 78 fishing families in Ja-Ela Divisional Secretariat.

    The Sri Lankan Government has allocated Rs. 49415000 to provide the above-mentioned allowance of Rs. 5000 to 9883 families.

    State Minister of Ornamental Fish, Inland Fish & Prawn Farming, Fishery Harbour Development, Multiday Fishing Activities and Fish Exports, Kanchana Wijesekera, Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga and  State Minister of Rural Roads and other Infrastructure, Nimal Lanza had lengthy discussions regarding the situation of the fishermen who lost their livelihood due to the MV X-Press Pearl incident.

    The Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga emphasized the need to provide relief to the affected fishermen promptly at the cabinet meeting and the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa also instructed to take necessary steps to provide relief to them as soon as possible. 

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