Sri Lanka targets unauthorised builders after monsoon deaths

Sri Lanka targets unauthorised builders after monsoon deaths

Sri Lanka targets unauthorised builders after monsoon deaths

To address the needs of those affected by the floods and landslides in Sri Lanka, the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) today launched an Emergency Response Plan which outlines the support United Nations agencies and local and global NGOs are aiming to provide to the 374,000 most severely affected people in seven districts; Galle, Gampaha, Hambantota, Kalutara, Kegalle, Matara and Ratnapura.

Representatives from the two companies on Friday visited the Pahiyangala Village, in southern Sri Lanka and handed over relief items to officials from the Disaster Management Center and the army, who thanked the two companies for their prompt assistance, at the Yatagampitiya Primary School which presently shelters some of the affected families.

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Global aid has poured into the country with India, China, the US, Britain, Pakistan, Australia, Norway and the European Union donating funds and sending relief supplies. "These relief items which were received today will be distributed to the affected families in five districts which were the worst hit", Minister Yapa said.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi expressed condolences to the government of Sri Lanka over deaths in floods and landslides in the South offered Iran's sympathy for the loss of lives in the natural disaster. "They have been with us right throughout and have been assisting us at this hour of need", Karunanayake said. A massive landslide a year ago killed more than 100 people in central Sri Lanka.

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People in some areas were without electricity, the report said.

He said China will continue to support and provide the best to Sri Lanka.

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