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Foreign aid flowing

Jan 15, 2011 10:52:58 AM - itnnews.lk

The United States today said that it is in the process of helping and will further assist those affected by floods in Sri Lanka.

US Ambassador Patricia A. Butenis announced that her Government is donating nearly 300,000 Dollars in assistance to provide a variety of goods and services to the people hardest hit by the flood disaster. She said they were distributing emergency relief supplies—including bottled water, cooking materials, tarpaulins, and other necessary items—to thousands of families in Batticaloa, Trincomalee, and Ampara Districts. The U.S diplomat said the Government will continue to monitor the situation closely.

The European Union said it would provide a humanitarian aid package worth 2.7 million US Dollars. EU’s Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said in a statement that they were concerned about the livelihoods of those affected by the floods.

The Government of Japan has donated emergency relief goods valued at 26.7 million rupees to the flood-affected. A statement from the Japanese Embassy said the provided aid includes 400 tents and 2,000 sleeping mats. A statement said the flood relief goods were provided following a request made by the government of Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, the second consignment of Indian aid will arrive on Monday. The first consignment of 25 tonnes of emergency relief from India arrived in the country yesterday. It is being distributed in Batticaloa today. The Indian High Commission in a release promised to send material worth USD 1 million over the next few days. High Commissioner Ashok K. Kantha during the handing over of the first relief consignment said that India was ready to give more aid to help Sri Lanka face the humanitarian challenge.