US offers relief, long-term disaster resilience for Sri Lanka
ECONOMYNEXT – The United States is giving $50,000 in immediate disaster relief supplies and a million dollar program to boost disaster-resilient water supplies to vulnerable communities as Sri Lanka saw hundreds of thousands made homeless in the worst floods seen in years.
The US embassy in Colombo said the USAID office of Disaster Assistance is advancing a Rs144 million ($1 million) program to provide safe, disaster-resilient drinking water to populations who are vulnerable to flooding and droughts.
“This response is in keeping with the longstanding friendship between the Sri Lankan and American people, and the growing partnership between our two governments," Ambassador Atul Keshap said in a statement.
The US is also providing, blankets mattresses and hygiene kits in immediate assistance.
The US embassy is working with Sri Lankan authorities to identify further needs.