India lends helping hand to Sri Lanka

NEW DELHI || In response to the request for assistance made by the Government of Sri Lanka and as an expression of our solidarity, Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, 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.

moananPursuant 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 today at Katunayake Airport, 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, S. S. Miyanawala, Secretary, Ministry of Disaster Management and other senior officials of Sri Lankan Government and Air Force were also present on the occasion.