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Friday, January 14, 2011

2 million euro in aid to flood victims in Sri Lanka

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News On January 14th, DG ECHO of the European Commission has decided to grant emergency humanitarian aid of 2 million euros to flood victims in Sri Lanka, which could then receive emergency food assistance, water and sanitation, and emergency relief items. One million people were affected by torrential rains that fell on the east and north-central region.

Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, said that when she saw the images of devastation by the floods in Sri Lanka, she felt that it was EU's duty to make it possible for thousands of people to receive emergency relief. European humanitarian assistance aims to help the most vulnerable victims of these severe weather conditions. Over 300,000 people have been displaced to temporary relocation centres or host families. Many more are affected Asthe floods have caused major damage to infrastructure, making access to many communities impossible. My main concern for the future concerns the livelihood of those affected by the floods. These will affect their crops, and with some many other natural disasters affecting fields and paddies throughout the world, I fear the humanitarian impact of increasingly erratic weather.

Source :  European Commmission - DG ECHO

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