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Friday, February 18, 2011 - 05.36 GMT

ECHO assists flood-affected


The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) yesterday donated 700,000 Euros to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide urgent food supplies to communities affected by recent monsoon floods.

Over the past month the floods have displaced tens of thousands of people, severely affected paddy cultivation and, in many areas, destroyed local vegetable crops.

This contribution will benefit 500,000 people hit by the floods.

Europe's humanitarian assistance is crucial in the aftermath of such a disaster where thousands suffer the loss of life, homes and livelihoods, Ambassador Bernard Savage, the European Union's Head of Delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives said.

WFP is working closely with the Sri Lankan government to access the flooded areas and deliver urgently required food supplies.







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