Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey, on behalf of the Municipal Affairs Minister, announced funding for improvements to 18 Royal Canadian Legion branches today, July 24. Government is investing more than $108,000 under the Legion Capital Assistance Program to help branches upgrade heating systems and washrooms, repair roofs and siding, and replace doors and windows. “Legion members across the province contribute considerable time and energy to their communities through meetings, activities and events,” said Ms. Casey. “Legions host many local projects and programs for seniors and youth, and play a crucial role in bringing communities together.” The program provides up to 50 per cent of eligible costs, to a maximum contribution of $10,000. “This cost-sharing program for capital improvements to legion branch buildings greatly assists the Royal Canadian Legion in its delivery of programming and services to veterans, their families, youth and seniors,” said Steve Wessel, president of Nova Scotia-Nunavut Command of The Royal Canadian Legion. “I commend the Government of Nova Scotia for its continued support of branches.”
The DMC said that 8 people were killed from landslides and floods in the Matale District while one person was killed in Kandy from flash floods. A total of 4917 people were affected by the bad weather while separately 3411 people were displaced.The displaced people were transferred to temples, schools and temporary shelters in the respective areas. Meanwhile a group of people were reported trapped in the Knuckles range as a result of rising flood waters. Nine people have been killed and over 3000 displaced following the adverse weather conditions over the island during the past two days, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said today.A DMC spokesman said that over 500 houses were damaged in several parts of the country and one person was reported missing in Nuwara Eliya yesterday.