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Government compensates the families affected in Nugegoda blast.

The Government has taken steps to compensate the families of the victims of the Wednesday’s Nugegoda bomb blast.

Accordingly, the Government yesterday paid Rs. 100,000 as compensation to each family of the deceased in Wednesday's Nugegoda bomb blast and Rs. 50,000 to each injured person.

Minister Rishard Bathiyutheen and Rohitha Abegunawardana and President's Senior Advisor Basil Rajapaksa,

MP presented the compensation, which was given under the first stage of the compensation scheme. Minister Bathiyutheen stated that the balance will be paid after obtaining a full report. The funds for the compensation were allocated by the Disaster Relief Services Ministry and Resettlement Ministry through the Rehabilitation Authority.

Meanwhile, the death toll of the incident has increased to 20 with a civilian succumbing injury at the Colombo General Hospital.

The police media spokesman Senior DIG Jayantha Wickramaratne stated that 2 suspects were arrested following the explosion in Nugegoda were released 28th November.