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Saturday, November 01, 2014 - 9.50 GMT
Koslanda Landslides

India, Pakistan and United States offers Sri Lanka assistance for disaster relief

 

India, Pakistan and the United States have pledged immediate relief assistance for landslides victims in Koslanda.

India has pledged Indian rupees five million as immediate relief for victims and is also considering medium and long-term assistance.
"India has pledged as immediate relief assistance of Rs 50 lakh for the victims of landslide in Sri Lanka," the Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs Syed Akbaruddin said.

He said that the Indian government was also considering, in consultation with the Sri Lankan government, medium and long-term assistance options.

India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, yesterday expressed his deep condolences on the loss of lives due to the landslide in Sri Lanka and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had also conveyed her condolence to her Sri Lankan counterpart Prof. G.L. Peiris on tragic loss of lives and offered assistance.

Expressing sympathies to Sri Lanka's landslide victims, the Government of Pakistan said it has considered assistance requirements put forward by the Sri Lankan Government and offered relief assistance.

Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said in a statement that the High Commissioner Qasim Qureshi along with the entire staff of the High Commission express their deep sympathy and grief on the tragic loss of life and property caused by the recent landslide in Badulla District.

"The Government of Pakistan is abreast with the situation and is actively considering the assistance requirements put forward by the Sri Lankan Government," the High Commission said.

Gen Raheel Sharif, Chief of Pakistan Army Staff had a telephonic conversation with his counterpart Lt Gen Daya Ratnayake Thursday to express his sympathy and to assess the assistance required by Sri Lanka.

It is expected that relief goods will be airlifted from Pakistan to Sri Lanka shortly, the High Commission said.

To meet the urgent needs of victims of the recent landslides in Koslanda, the United States Government has provided Rs. 6.5 million (US$ 50,000) for emergency humanitarian assistance, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo said in a release.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is working closely with Sri Lanka's National Disaster Relief Services Center and international aid partners to coordinate the donation of most urgently-needed items.

The U.S. assistance is being provided through World Vision to supply emergency non-food items such as blankets, mattresses, clothing, hygiene kits, and footwear, as well as education material for children, child counseling services and psycho-social first aid to help those affected recover from the disaster.

The U.S. Embassy will continue coordinating with Sri Lankan authorities to decide how best to complement their extensive efforts.
The U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele J. Sison has declared a disaster and requested the assistance from Washington, the State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said Thursday.

"We know that the families and communities of the Koslanda area will require immediate and long-term assistance to recover from the devastation caused by the landslide," said Ambassador Sison.

"Our U.S. grant announced today provides the items identified by the National Disaster Relief Service Center as most urgently required on the ground. These donations will help 1,000 affected children and families, and we continue to offer our full support."

Yesterday the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., also conveyed its deepest condolences to the Government and the people of Sri Lanka and the families affected by the recent landslides. "We commend the Government of Sri Lanka and its armed forces for their rapid response and valiant search and rescue efforts," said the State Department spokesperson.



 

 
 
   
   
     
   
   

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