The insurance company of the X-Press Pearl ship has sent a sum of Rs 910 million as compensation for fishermen who lost their livelihood as a result of the fire that broke out in the vessel, Minister of Fisheries Douglas Devananda said.
This sum of money was received as the third interim compensation for fishermen who lost their livelihood.
He noted that the Secretary to the Ministry, Indu Rathnayake was instructed to distribute the said sum amongst 15,032 identified fishermen from the Gampaha, Colombo and Kalutara Districts.
Devananda noted that these fishermen would be paid a sum between Rs 80,000 to Rs 240,000 based on the damage caused to the boats and equipment of the fishermen.
He added that the compensation previously received by the insurance company has already been distributed to the fishermen.
By Vineetha M. Gamage