Dispatch of the Japan Disaster Relief Team in response to the Garbage Mound Collapse at the Disposal Site in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
April 18, 2017
1. Today, April 18, upon the request of the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, the Government of Japan decided to dispatch the Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) Expert Team to Sri Lanka in response to the damage caused by the collapse of a garbage mound at the disposal site in Meethotamulla, Colombo. The team will depart for Sri Lanka on April 19.
2. Upon the request of the Government of Sri Lanka, and in light of the friendly relations between Japan and Sri Lanka, Japan decided to provide emergency assistance to Sri Lanka to meet its humanitarian needs.
On April 14, the collapse of a garbage mound at the disposal site in Meethotamulla, Colombo, affected a large number of people which include loss of lives and has caused physical damage. According to the Government of Sri Lanka, as of April 17, 28 people died, 11 people have been injured, and approximately 980 people have been affected.