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EU funds Sri Lanka Red Cross to help disaster victims

ECONOMYNEXT – The European Union has given 200, 000 euro (32.8 million rupees) to Sri Lanka’s Red Cross to support victims of recent flood and landslides and deployed an expert to see what further support was needed.

A statement said the European Commission aid will directly benefit 20,000 people affected in five of the worst-hit districts in the country’s West, namely Colombo, home to the Sri Lankan capital, Gampaha, Puttalam, Kegalle and Kurunegala.

“This EU-funding supports the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society in delivering much-needed assistance through the provision of emergency non-food relief items such as tarpaulins, latrines, household kits, school items, as well as medical and first aid services,” it said.

“The action will also ensure the most vulnerable households have access to safe water, sanitation facilities and good hygiene practices.”

The funding is part of the EU’s overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

An expert from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department has been deployed to Sri Lanka and is currently participating in needs assessments to see whether further support is required.
(COLOMBO, May 26 2016)

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