US, Australia to provide relief for affected people

2016-05-21 17:23:39

The United States Government has provided 7.2 million Sri Lankan Rupees ($50,000 U.S. dollars) for immediate disaster assistance for non-food items such as blankets, mattresses, clothing and hygiene kits in view of the serious flooding in Sri Lanka, the United States Embassy in Colombo said in a statement.

The United States Embassy in Colombo, in coordination with the United States Agency for International Development's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, is advancing and expediting plans to support a new, three-year program totaling approximately 144 million Sri Lankan Rupees (U.S. $1 million) designed to provide safe, disaster-resilient, drinking water to populations who are highly vulnerable to flooding and droughts.

This new program would build additional resiliencies and help address the need for reliable access to potable water during natural disasters, the statement added.

“This response is in keeping with the longstanding friendship between the Sri Lankan and American people and the growing partnership between our two governments," said Ambassador Atul Keshap.

Meanwhile, Australian Government has also offered to contribute $500,000 to UNICEF for humanitarian assistance, including the provision of clean water and sanitation for children in shelters.

The government of Nepal has also extended an assistance of US dollars 100,000 for the relief operation.


  Comments - 11

  • dham Sunday, 22 May 2016 05:38

    Thanks Aussi & USA your generous support via DM Android App

    Reply : 1       1

    Lanka Sunday, 22 May 2016 06:40

    When a disaster hits, who comes to help? Where is our neighbour friend India?

    Reply : 2       0

    Lol Sunday, 22 May 2016 14:57

    India sent lots of ships and airlifted aid as well

    Reply : 0       2

    Jaya Sunday, 22 May 2016 16:29

    @Lanka, you should keep up to date with the news. India has already sent supplies and a team to SL.

    Reply : 0       2

    L.P.H. Sunday, 22 May 2016 11:56

    Come on USA - only US$50,000! What's happening to you? Look at the other donors!

    Reply : 1       1

    Jaya Sunday, 22 May 2016 16:32

    @L.P.H, What did you donate apart from showing disrespect? Nothing I guess...

    Reply : 0       2

    ceylonese Sunday, 22 May 2016 12:27

    where is weerawansa & others. Who is helping us. via DM Android App

    Reply : 0       2

    helping thoughts Sunday, 22 May 2016 12:31

    any hidden objectives behind donations even amidst disasters. via DM Android App

    Reply : 2       0

    Polla Sunday, 22 May 2016 15:01

    Be thankful for USA,Japan,India and Australia for help. none of MR's so called 'friends' helped us

    Reply : 0       2

    Ahamed Sunday, 22 May 2016 14:36

    only $50 000 from worlds greatest country ? even a petti kade businessmen in colombo will roll more amount than that

    Reply : 1       1

    Roman Monday, 23 May 2016 09:30

    can you?? i dont think so!!! so that makes you what???

    Reply : 1       1

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