Three Chinese ships carrying relief goods for victims of the floods and landslides will arrive in Sri Lanka on Thursday, the Government Information Department said today.
It also said a Pakistani ship with emergency assistance was scheduled to arrive today.
Meanwhile, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced that the Australian Government will provide urgent humanitarian assistance in addition to the high grade inflatable boats that are to be sent to the country as soon as possible.
Responding to a request from the Sri Lankan Government, Australia promised Rs. 57 million to meet urgent needs, including the deployment of high-grade inflatable boats and outboard motors to expedite search and rescue efforts.
Australia’s High Commissioner Bryce Hutchesson said ‘Our thoughts are with all Sri Lankans affected by the flooding and landslides, especially those who have tragically lost family. With this year marking the 70th anniversary of formal bilateral relations, we are proud to maintain our long history as a supportive partner and neighbour by providing this assistance, which will aid Sri Lanka’s recovery efforts now and help address future needs’.
Issuing a statement, the High Commission said Australia would also support UNICEF’s efforts to provide clean water and safe spaces for children, as well as the work of International Planned Parenthood Federation’s SPRINT Initiative, which provides access to essential life-saving sexual and reproductive health services in crisis and post-crisis situations.
BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 30 May 2017 14:16
This is the best time for ministers to collect funds internationally showing the calamity people are facing and do a "Helping Hambantota" trick like MaRa did.
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JAN Tuesday, 30 May 2017 15:38
Beloved Real Neighbours See how all Neighbouring Super powers Helping us continuously Remember Pakistan our long time friends helps us to finish TERROR Thanks via DM Android App
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nick Tuesday, 30 May 2017 16:09
this is what you call real help unlike u.s just gave us peanuts of15mil even a petta well reputed businessman donate this much via DM Android App
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ED Wednesday, 31 May 2017 05:12
ON THE OTHER HAND WE ARE THANKFUL FOR THE AID FROM CHINESE GOVT. TOWARDS THE FLOOD VICTIMS BUT WE HAVE TO TAKE ALL PRECAUTIONS IN ADVANCE .......... THIS IS CALLED CATCH 22 !!!!! THEY ARE EXPERTS ON SUCH DEALS ....... JUST READ WHAT HAPPENED TO ATHENS PIREAUSE PORT !!!!! IT IS COMPLETELY OWNED BY THE CHINESE DURING THE ECONOMICAL DOWN FALL WHERE THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT HAD GIVEN LOAN DURING THE CRASH AND NOW IT BELONGS TO THE CHINESE !!!! JUST IMAGINE A HUGE PORT TO BE OWNED BY THE CHINESE IN THE HEART OF EUROPE ??????? WHO GAINS ALL THE PROFITS ????? SO NOW THEY ARE EYEING THE CRITICAL POINT TO THE INDIAN OCEAN TO BE CONTROLLED !!!!!! THIS IS REAL !!!!!! SAME GOES IN AFRICA , SOUTH AMERICA !!!!! WATCH OUT FOR THE DRAGON !!!!!!!!!!!!
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cha Wednesday, 31 May 2017 05:21
government has requested for Rs.57 million from Australia as humanitarian relief thats the price of just one vehicle planned to be imported for a minister via DM Android App
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