The delegation of the International Federation of Red Cross Crescent Societies (IFRC), headed by federation President Padateru Konoe met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees (28) where he pledged support for flood victims and internally displaced people in Sri Lanka.
Konoe handed over a report on a housing program carried out by the Red Cross to President Rajapaksa detailing the completion of 600 houses in Kilinochchi on his request to be provided to internally displaced families.
Konoe told President Rajapaksa that they have successfully completed the project. Sri Lanka Red Cross (SLRC) Director General Tissa Abeywickrama said they are constructing 2,000 houses for displaced people in the North and Eastern Provinces under an owner-driven housing program introduced by them in keeping with an idea proposed to them by President Rajapaksa.
He also said they got approval of the Presidential Task Force to construct 900 houses in the Kilinochchi District under the project.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Red Cross (SLRC) has appealed from IFRC to provide funds to it amounting to US$ 11 million to help the flood affected.
Abeywickrama said they handed over an appeal in this regard to IFRC President Konoe.
Konoe who travelled to flood hit areas during his Sri Lankan visit told the public in Kirimatiyana that he will do his best to help them.
The IFRC delegation together with SLRC officials distributed some 6,000 packs of Non Food Relief Items (NFRI) containing bath soap, towels, shampoo, mosquito nets, hygiene packs and other basic non food items to the flood affected in Polonnaruwa.
Konoe arranged distribution of tents and dry rations to the victims.
Quoting Abeywickrama Daily News reported, “based on the funds they get from the IFRC they will be able to rebuild houses for the affected flood victims, provide them with an allocation of Rs.15,000 to repair their damaged houses.”
“We plan to help at least 10,000 families of one million Sri Lankans who are in need of emergency support,” he said.
The SLRC intends to provide the victims with funds to restart their vocations, help farmers to repair their damaged irrigation canals, help them buy paddy seeds to get on with their lives,” he said.