Norway gives Rs. 95m. to flood victims
Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen and Ambassador Hans Brattskar accompanied Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on his tour to the flood affected areas on Sunday (18). The Deputy FM visited Ratnapura and Matara districts and was struck by the devastation and the suffering of the people in these areas.
"I was very moved by witnessing the scope of the flood disaster and the plight of the flood victims. It was terrible to see the enormous damage caused by the flash floods and the great suffering it has inflicted on the people in the affected areas. I therefore promised that Norway will quickly give a helping hand to the flood victims", said Deputy Foreign Minister Helgesen who has background from the international Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and has long experience with relief work after natural disasters.
The Norwegian Government has therefore on Monday 19 May decided to give
Rs. 95 million in emergency relief for aid to the flood affected areas in the South. The
funds will be channelled through Sri Lanka Red Cross and UN agencies.
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