COLOMBO, April 19 Sri Lankan shares rose more than one percent to end at a six-month high on Wednesday as foreign investors increased the pace of stock purchases, with the net single-day inflow hitting its highest in almost three years..
The Colombo Municipal Council was scrambling for new locations to dump the roughly 800 tons of garbage produced every day in the capital, as crows and stray dogs picked through bags of reeking garbage left on city streets.
The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) had sought a Colombo magistrate court's intervention, seeking permission to dump garbage at an alternate site within the Colombo district.
Since Sunday, garbage collection in Colombo city was on a standstill, further fuelling public anger.
The relatives of those died and displaced have blamed politicians for the disaster, accusing current and past governments of negligence. Eight persons remain missing.
According to the Colombo Gazette, the death toll climbed to 31 even as the military continued its search operation.
A fire had also broken out at the site and the Air Force was deployed to douse the flame. Almost 1,000 military security personnel, including police and special task forces, have been deployed for rescue operation. Almost 80 houses were completely destroyed while many more suffered partial damage, according to Sri Lanka's Disaster Management Centre.
President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed officials to provide maximum relief to the people who were affected by the disaster. "But still, we do not see local investors, except for a few retail investors", said Acuity Stockbrokers CEO Prashan Fernando. The National Building Research Organisation said people still living in over 130 houses in the area must be relocated to safety. Parliament had been warned the vast tip posed a serious health hazard, and that a long-term solution was needed to dispose of Colombo's trash.