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EU provides SL with over Rs. 48 Mn humanitarian funding

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The European Union is directing over Rs. 48 million (€200,000) in humanitarian funding to provide crucial assistance in response to serous oil and hazardous chemical spills triggered by the fire that broke out on a ship carrying hazardous substances in May.

The aid will benefit 15,000 people who have been heavily affected by the disaster in the districts of Colombo, Galle, Gampaha, Kalutara, Puttlam and Matara.

This EU funding will support the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society in delivering emergency relief assistance to those most affected, especially small-scale fishing communities, through the delivery of cash assistance.

This will help meet the immediate needs of those whose day-to-day livelihoods have been impacted by the fishing ban implemented following the incident.  

The aid will also focus on supporting local authorities to clean hazardous and toxic materials along the country’s west coast. 

Necessary training and materials, such as personal protective equipment, goggles and boots, will also be provided to volunteers involving in the cleaning activities.

Special attention will be paid to the most vulnerable groups, including female-headed families, people with disabilities and the elderly.

The funding is part of the EU’s overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies  (IFRC).

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  • RoaringCreek Wednesday, 23 June 2021 09:55 AM

    For the EU this is small change. This is how the EU sees Sri Lanka under the Nandasena regime. Almost degraded to a beggar.

    Punchi Banda Wednesday, 23 June 2021 10:17 AM

    Can we have some more please ?

    Bandara Wednesday, 23 June 2021 11:45 AM

    Why are u begging?

    Angora Wednesday, 23 June 2021 11:44 AM

    Where does all this money .. the donations, go???? No accounts and accountability???

    Samson Wednesday, 23 June 2021 11:47 AM

    Will the beneficiaries targeted get the cash donation?

    Sriyakanthi Beneragama Wednesday, 23 June 2021 12:24 PM

    I think BeachBoy community also need to be supported.They also got affected indirectly.

    Everyone matters Wednesday, 23 June 2021 12:49 PM

    This is not adequate at all when compared to the number of families affected. Children from poor and lower middle class families are likely to suffer from malnutrition as fish is the only affordable means of getting protein for them.

    johan Wednesday, 23 June 2021 01:13 PM

    Non governmental organizations are better to distribute reliefs to the poor and needy

    Hassanda Wednesday, 23 June 2021 01:18 PM

    The whole World is funding SLanka In Cash

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 23 June 2021 02:55 PM

    Very good season for Ali Baba

    Disapointed Wednesday, 23 June 2021 02:55 PM

    Oh! Mother Lanka, when will we be able to stand on our own two feet and stop living on charity?

    Forecaster Wednesday, 23 June 2021 05:07 PM

    Reply to "Disapointed" - NEVER

    Nishanth Wednesday, 23 June 2021 06:26 PM

    What are we suppose to do with this pocket money


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