Four school playgrounds to house Aranayaka victims
Organisers inspecting the
site for temporary shelters for Aranayaka victims
The playgrounds of four schools as well as a land extent in
Erabadupitiya have been allocated to construct 329 temporary shelters
for families displaced in the Aranayaka disaster. ShelterBox, a British
non-profit organization specialising in rebuilding has collaborated with
the Army to construct these houses on a nine-month contract. The
shelters will be built on the Dippitiya Muslim School, Mawathagoda
Rivisanda Central College, Aranayaka Manadi Vidyalaya and Narangammana
Kanishta Vidyalaya playgrounds.
According to the Kegalle District Secretariat, each family will get a
single unit, with distant relatives in neighbouring shelters to create a
familiar and friendly environment.
On a request made by the Disaster Management Ministry, the Rotary
Club Capital City, Sri Lanka Architectures' Association and Oxfam Sri
Lanka will provide assistance.
Electricity will be provided by the Electricity Board and the water
lines will be provided by Sri Lanka Red Cross and Oxfam Sri Lanka. The
Road Development Authority has undertaken to construct roads to the
One main kitchen will be constructed for each site. The Kegalle
District Secretariat is in charge of construction and to provide
utensils and dry rations.
With the assistance of the Aranayaka Divisional Secretariat, the Sri
Lanka Architecture Association(SLAA) will overlook the construction
process. Secretary SLAA Russel Dandeniya said the purpose of the
shelters is to relocate the people in camps as families in separate
This measure will provide the affected communities with some relief,
prior to being resettled in permanent homes. Major General Sudantha
Ranasinghe said the Army will provide assistance till the permanent
houses are completed.