As you are aware, due to the massive floods affecting every region and landslides in some areas of Sri Lanka, a large number of people have been displaced with substantial loss of life and property. The Government and the people of Sri Lanka are in the process of providing relief to those affected. The relief and rescue operations of the Government are being conducted by the Ministry of Disaster Management together with Security Forces and other relevant agencies.
The people and the Government of Sri Lanka appreciate the concern and support being expressed by Sri Lankan expatriates and the international community and their desire to assist Sri Lanka and the affected people at this difficult juncture.
For this purpose, authorities in Sri Lanka welcome direct financial assistance that will help to mobilize appropriate equipment and material for those affected and for rehabilitation effort. The Disaster Management authorities have also identified the following relief material and equipment necessary for immediate relief of flood and landslide victims:
Generators (5 KVA/20 KVA) (220V/240V)
Toilet Cleaning Tablets
Water Purification Tablets
Out Boat Motors (25.40 hp.)
Tents for Health Service Provision
Vehicle for Transportation of Health Staff
Mobile Water Purification Plants
Mini Mobile Hospitals
Insecticides for fly control as Solfax
Those Sri Lankan expatriates and well-wishers living in the United States can contribute to the National Flood & Landslide Victims Relief Operations through the Embassy of Sri Lanka, Washington D.C. by making direct financial contributions. All such contributions will be acknowledged by an official receipt by the Embassy and will be transmitted to the authorities in Sri Lanka to assist victims and for the rehabilitation efforts. The Embassy will accept cash, cheques or money orders drawn in favour of the “Embassy of Sri Lanka”, for this purpose.
Material contributions from abroad should, at present, be limited to the list indicated above and if contributing such items, the donor should also bear the cost of transmission, such as packaging and airfreight. The Embassy will be pleased to assist in facilitating the customs clearance of the consignments addressed to the Secretary, Ministry of Disaster Management (Contact details: Vidya Mawatha, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka/ Tel : +9411-2665185, fax : +9411-2665098). Donors who wish to avail of such assistance from the Embassy should submit a list of items of their consignment well in advance, enabling the Embassy to coordinate the clearance procedures with Sri Lanka Customs, expeditiously.
Embassy of Sri Lanka