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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2425

India lends a helping hand to Sri Lanka

Colombo, 22 May, (Asiantribune.com):

Indian Government has offered emergency aid to Sri Lanka in response to the request for assistance made by the Government of Sri Lanka.

A press statement released by the Indian HighCommission in Colombo revealed that the Indian aid was s an expression of our solidarity, Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, as announced on May 19, 2016 that India would provide aid on emergency basis to help assist those affected by the floods and landslides in various parts of Sri Lanka.

Press statement further revealed that -

Pursuant to this commitment, India dispatched two ships of the Indian Navy from Kochi on the morning of May 20, 2016, carrying various relief supplies.

The same day, an Indian Air Force C-17 transport aircraft was also sent with additional supplies.

The C-17 aircraft, carrying around 50 tonnes of relief material, landed at Katunayake airport. Its cargo included 700 tents, 1000 tarpaulin sheets, 10 electric generators, 100 emergency lamps and medication against epidemics for 10,000 people, apart from torches, rain coats, umbrellas, folding mattresses, water filters and water purification equipment. These had been identified as priority relief materials by Sri Lankan authorities.

In a simple ceremony at Katunayake Airport, Shri Y. K. Sinha, High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, handed over the relief materials to Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Minister of Disaster Management of Sri Lanka. Commander of Sri Lanka Air Force, Air Marshal Gagan Bulathsingha, Mr. S. S. Miyanawala, Secretary, Ministry of Disaster Management and other senior officials of Sri Lankan

Separately, the two Indian Navy Ships (INS Sutlej and INS Sunayna) docked today at Colombo Port. Their cargo of over 30 tonnes was handed over by Shri Y. K. Sinha, High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, to Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka. This included inflatable boats, diving equipment, medical supplies, drinking water, water purification tablets, rations and consumables. Mrs. Chitranganee Wagiswara, Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and senior officials from Sri Lanka Navy were also present on the occasion.

Sri Lanka occupies a special place in the hearts and minds of Indians, and India’s emergency relief assistance is a manifestation of our abiding friendship. India will continue to work closely with the Government of Sri Lanka to address longer term rehabilitation needs of the affected people as part of its development partnership with Sri Lanka.

- Asian Tribune -

In a simple ceremony  at Katunayake Airport, on 21 May,  Shri Y. K. Sinha, High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, handed over the relief materials to  Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Minister of Disaster Management of Sri Lanka.
cargo of over 30 tonnes that was brought from the two Indian Navy ships were  handed over by Shri Y. K. Sinha, High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, to  Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka.
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