Government gives Sri Lankans money to bury their dead

The government says it will give Rs10,000 for the burial of every local person killed by the tidal wave on Sunday. The government says it will give Rs10,000 for the burial of every local person killed by the tidal wave on Sunday. “We are giving Rs 10,000 for each body so that they can be buried or cremated properly,” said Minister of Power Susil Premajayantha at a Cabinet press briefing on Monday.

At this point the official death count comes to 4,700 but unconfirmed reports put it at over 10,000.

However at this point there is no system to identify the dead, before releasing the funds, except through the additional precaution of taking a photograph and fingerprints of the dead person.

Foreign visitors are also to be sorted over.

Over 200 foreign tourists are “unaccounted for,” according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Eight Japanese nationals, four Germans and four Indian nationals have already been identified dead while 16 bodies of foreign tourists are still unidentified.

Meanwhile 370,000 families are already displaced.

The government will allocate Rs 10 million for each d