Emergency Assistance to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka for the Flood Disaster

June 3, 2008

  1. On June 3 (Tue), the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods equipment about 17 million yen (consisting of sleeping pads, water purifiers and water tank) to the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, which has sustained a flood disaster.
  2. In Sri Lanka, successive torrential rains since the end of May caused flood damage mainly in North Western Province, Central Province, Southern Province, and Sabaragamuwa Province.  According to the official announcement by the Ministry of Disaster Relief Services of Sri Lanka, 11 persons are dead and 173,778 affected, as of June 2.
  3. The Government of Japan has decided to extend this emergency assistance for the victims of the disaster from a humanitarian point of view.
  4. The decision was announced on June 3 at the summit meeting between Mr. Yasuo Fukuda, Prime Minister of Japan, and Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka, in Rome where both leaders have participated in the High-Level Consultations of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).