The European Commission is providing a further € 500,000 (approx. Rs.81 million) in humanitarian funding to Sri Lanka to bring emergency assistance to communities affected by Tropical Storm Roanu, which wreaked havoc across large parts of the country last month. “This contribution from the European Union (EU) will allow our partners on the ground to provide relief to the most-affected families. This will help them make it through this hard time and get them back on the path to rebuilding their lives as quickly as possible,” EU Chargé d’affaires for Sri Lanka and the Maldives Paul Godfrey said.
Tr o p i c a l S t o r m R o a n u made landfall in Sri Lanka in mid-May, leaving a trail of destruction in 22 of the country’s 25 districts. The tropical system and its subsequent impact have, according to the Sri Lankan Disaster Management Centre, thus far severely affected close to 281,000 people and caused damage to nearly 6,000 houses, more than 700 of which were completely destroyed. The EU-funded actions will focus on three of the hardest hit districts, namely Colombo, Kegalle and Gampaha. The additional funding is being made available as part of a larger regional allocation of € 2.5 million for tropical storm Roanu, which also covers Bangladesh. The aid will focus on providing targeted assistance to meet the most pressing needs, which include access to clean water, sanitation facilities and good hygiene practices, the provision of non-food relief items, as well as food and livelihood assistance.