In an effort to minimise encroachment by outsiders, President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday declared all flood affected areas in the Colombo district as High Security Zones.
On the President’s order, round the clock police and military protection was also provided across all areas in Colombo affected by the flood, in an effort to ensure no outsiders will encroach into the lands and homes of the flood affected victims.
Sirisena has also banned all land reclamation in the Colombo district for the moment. The move comes amidst concerns expressed by the victims that they may lose their homes and lands to outsiders, as many of them are currently housed in displaced camps across Colombo, while some of the victims also fear they have lost their relevant documentation, etc to the floods.
By evening on Monday, residents continued to engage in cleaning home in some parts, while in other parts water had still not completely receded. Officials say that it will take several days for the cleaning process to complete, while in some homes, the residents will not be able to return immediately, even if cleaning is complete, due to the extent of the damage caused by the floods to these homes.
Meanwhile, according to government estimates, the floods and landslides has cost Sri Lanka between US $ 1.5 to 2 billion.