* Sri Lanka to seek International assistance to probe loss of marine life from X-Press Pearl disaster
Mon, Jul 19, 2021, 11:52 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
July 19, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government says it is taking measure to obtain international assistance to investigate the deaths of marine animals such as turtles, whales and dolphins reported after the X-Press Pearl cargo ship’s fire.
Another discussion was held at the Ministry of Justice this afternoon (19) under the patronage of Minister of Justice President’s Counsel Ali Sabry on the issue of compensation for the damage caused to Sri Lanka by the fire and subsequent sinking of the Singapore-registered cargo ship in Sri Lankan waters off the Colombo Harbor.
The Minister inquired about the progress of the investigations into the incident and said that the relevant steps are being taken in coordination with the Foreign Ministry.
Compensation is currently being credited to the bank accounts of the fishermen in the Western Province who lost their jobs due to the fire, and the government has decided to compensate the fishermen affected in other districts after considering the accuracy of the information received, the Minister said.
Attention was also drawn to the clean-up of beaches polluted by the fire, the legal status of compensation, the payment of compensation to fishermen, the death of marine life, and the assistance of international lawyers.
The Minister said the selection for obtaining international legal assistance was done by a committee and the cabinet approval will be obtained for those selections.
Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera, State Ministers Mohan Silva, Kanchana Wijesekera, Attorney General Sanjaya Rajaratnam, Secretary to the Ministry of Justice MMPK Mayadunne, Secretaries to the Ministries, officials and lawyers were present at the discussion.