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Continuous relief for disaster struck victims

Feb 8, 2011 11:11:03 AM - itnnews.lk

The United Nations joins in assisting families affected by the floods.

The UN said it is providing aid worth 51 million US dollars. The world body assisted people affected by floods during last month as well. UN Resident coordinator in Sri Lanka for Humanitarian Affairs Neil Buhne said Sri Lanka requires international aid in the face of this natural calamity. The World Food Programme has taken the initiative of distributing aid to the tuner of 13 million US Dollars among the flood-affected families.

A Provincial Disaster Relief Unit has been established under the guidance of the North Central Chief Minister Berty Premalal Dissanayake to provide relief to the victims of the Province. It is operative round the clock. In addition to looking into their needs, donations are also being collected from philanthropists.

A special meeting chaired by Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan was held at the Local Government Commissioner’s office with the purpose of accelerating the granting of relief to the flood victims.

The Army and the Police have joined in extending relief to 9674 families housed in 100 Welfare Centres in Vavuniya. They have mediated in providing food, medicinal drugs and safe drinking water.

A group including the Vavuniya District Secretary P.S.M. Charles visited the Welfare Camps in Vavuniya to look into the needs of disaster-affected families.

A stock of drugs and medical equipment worth one million rupees was handed over the Provincial Deputy Health Services Director with the mediation of Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksaon behalf of the flood victims in Polonnaruwa. In the meantime the Sri Lanka Red Cross donated essential items including food worth five million rupees to the Polonnaruwa Welfare Centres.

A group including Minister Risath Bathiyuideen and Parliamentarian Hunais Farook look into the problems encountered by the flood affected families of the Mannar District.