United States Offers Additional Assistance to Flood Affected

May 22, 2016

T‎he United States Government will provide an‎ additional 36 million Sri Lankan Rupees (250,000 U.S. dollars) to support flood relief efforts in Sri Lanka.

This is in addition to the previously announced 7.2 million Sri Lankan Rupees (50,000 U.S. dollars) that is supporting humanitarian assistance activities in the worst affected areas and a three-year program of approximately 144 million Sri Lankan Rupees (U.S. $1 million) designed to provide safe, disaster-resilient, drinking water to populations who are highly vulnerable to flooding and droughts.

The total amount of immediate and near-term relief announced by the U.S. Government stands at approximately 187 million Sri Lankan Rupees (U.S. $ 1.3 million).

The U.S. Government is also continuing with its efforts to provide long-term support and capacity building by working with the Government of Sri Lanka to improve its disaster management system and assisting, through the United Nations, the Sri Lankan Disaster Management Center for improved humanitarian information management and coordination

The Embassy is monitoring the situation and continues to work closely with Sri Lankan government disaster relief authorities to identify further needs.