Dispatch of the Japan Disaster Relief Team (Expert Team) in response the Damages caused by the Heavy Rainfall in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
May 31, 2017
1. Today, May 31, 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 damages from the floods and landslides caused by the heavy rainfall since May 24 around Southern and Western areas of the country. The team will depart for Sri Lanka on June 2.
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.
Since May 24, the floods and landslides caused by the heavy rainfall around Southern and Western areas of the country resulted in a large number of those affected including the loss of lives, and much physical damage. According to the Government of Sri Lanka, as of May 31, 202 people died, 96 people have been missing, and about 630 thousands people have been affected.