In order to help the nearly 1 million Sri Lankans affected by the recent floods and landslides, Ambassador Patricia A. Butenis announced that the United States Government is donating nearly $300,000 in assistance to provide a variety of goods and services to the people hardest hit by the disaster.
This aid has already provided boats to local governments in Batticaloa to evacuate people in the hardest-hit areas. We are also helping the government to identify the families in need and to make an accurate assessment of the situation. In addition, we are distributing emergency relief supplies—including bottled water, cooking materials, tarpaulins, and other necessary items —to thousands of families in Batticaloa, Trincomalee, and Ampara Districts. The U.S. Government will continue to monitor the situation closely.