Hurricane devastation in the US Gulf Coast – President Kumaratunga sympathizes
[September 2, 2005 - 4.00 GMT]

President Chandrika Kumaratunga now in China on a state visit has conveyed her sympathy to the government and the people of the USA following the devastation caused by hurricane ‘Katrina’ which hit the states of Mississippi and Louisiana.

President Kumaratunga expressing her sadness at the magnitude of the disaster and loss of life and property said “having experienced the fury of nature ourselves during the December 26th tsunami, the people of Sri Lanka and I fully empathize with you at this hour of national grief”.

She recalled with gratitude the spontaneous US response in the wake of the Indian Ocean tsunami. President Kumaratunga expressed her profound condolences on behalf of the people of Sri Lanka to the families who have lost their loved ones and articulated solidarity with the victims.

 

Information on affected Sri Lankans

Sri Lankans who have family or friends in the affected areas in Mississippi and Louisiana may contact the Consular Affairs Division of the Foreign Ministry, at 97/A Galle Road, Colombo 03, for assistance in securing information about the safety of their loved ones.

 

Inquiries should be faxed to telephone number 4719593 and should contain as much information as possible, including the names, address, places of work, contact numbers at residence and work/study in USA, and contact details of friends/associates in the USA would also be useful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last Updated Date: September 2, 2005 - 4.00 GMT

 
 


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