Israel one of first-responders to aid Sri Lanka following floods which killed over 100; Over $20,000 in supplies provided; Israel to provide assistance with water experts
Israel has provided $20,000 in disaster relief to Sri Lanka’s Disaster Relief Fund on Thursday and Friday following floods that hit the country last week which resulted in over 101 deaths and a reported 100 missing, the floods destroying 530 houses and damaging over 4,000. The floods resulted in over one-third of Colombo resident’s evacuation.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry confirmed the immediate disaster relief supplies, which include much needed water filters, water pumps, solar lighting kits and over 50,000 water purification tablets. The Ministry stated “Following the recent floods that have caused loss of lives and severe damages, Israel has been in touch with the Sri Lankan authorities and provided $20,000 of immediate disaster relief supplies to people and areas that were significantly affected by the disaster. At this difficult times, the people of Israel and its government stand by the people of Sri Lanka.”
Israel will continue to provide Sri Lanka with needed supplies as well as “long and medium term cooperation that will include Israeli experts in the field of water,” Israel’s Foreign Ministry confirmed Saturday
Israel’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Daniel Carmon, stated on Israel’s disaster relief provision and cooperation and close relations to Sri Lanka, “Friendship between people – but more so between nations – is tested in times of need. As a friend and partner of Sri Lanka, Israel was honored to provide emergency assistance following the recent floods. We have every intention that this emergency aid would ease the recovery of the areas affected by the floods and that it will transform into a strong and meaningful cooperation in the field of water. This year our National Day reception that will take place tonight in Colombo, will be dedicated in honor of victims of the flood and to cementing our strong friendship. Our hearts and minds are with the People of Sri Lanka and especially the families of the victims and all of those who were affected by the floods, as the loss of lives and the damages are truly heart breaking.”
The floods in Sri Lanka have been deemed the nation’s worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami, international disaster relief agencies calling for international support to aid Sri Lanka during this disastrous period.