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Japan provides additional flood assistance

The Government of Japan has decided to provide additional emergency grant amounting to US$ 1.2 million (around SL Rs.32 million) to Sri Lanka through international organisations including WFP, UNICEF and IFRC/SLRC for flood affected people in the Eastern Province. Accordingly, WFP will receive US$ 700,000 (around SL Rs.77 million) for supporting relief and early recovery, UNICEF will receive US$ 300,000 (around SL Rs.33 million) for providing safe water and hygiene kits, while IFRC/SLRC will receive US$ 200,000 (around SL Rs.22 million) for providing tents for those displaced.
Ambassador of Japan, Kunio Takahashi, said that: I am very impressed that the Government of Sri Lanka has made great efforts for implementing humanitarian and reconstruction activities for the benefit of the flood affected people. I hope the assistance from Japan would further contribute towards improving the humanitarian situation in the affected areas.
In response to the urgent needs of the flood victims, the Government of Japan has already provided 230 tents and 1,500 sleeping pads amounting to US$ 240,000 (around SL Rs.27 million) on January 14. Besides, the Government of Japan provided US$ 570,000 (around SL Rs.63 million) to five Japanese NGOs affiliated to the Japan Platform for provision of food and non-food items, support for cleaning of contaminated wells and reconstruction of education facilities, on February 2.
In total, the Government of Japan has provided approximately US$ 2 million (around SL Rs.220 million) as humanitarian assistance for flood affected people during January and February 2011. The Government of Japan sincerely hopes that the assistance provided will be used effectively for the welfare of those affected and that the areas will return to normalcy as soon as possible.