October 23, 2015
Members of the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently traveled to the South and East to survey schools and medical facilities in disaster-prone areas to identify potential infrastructure assistance. The team visited schools from the Tamil, Muslim and Sinhalese communities across the Eastern Province, as well as schools and medical care facilities in Hambantota. The Embassy also consulted with Minister of Housing and Construction Sajith Premadasa during the visit to the South.
“As strong partners with Sri Lanka, the U.S. Embassy is working all over the country to make sure that people can have access to temporary shelter and medical facilities, especially for those displaced by natural disasters or conflict,” said U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap.
Since 2011 the United States has already completed construction of approximately $12.7 million (1.78 billion LKR) in schools and health care facilities in the North and East. The United States also recently committed an additional $3.3 million (464 million LKR) to the Eastern Province to develop education infrastructure, with another $1 million for schools in the Sampur region. This trip was to determine priority locations for additional facilities planned for the South, East and North.