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Israel Provides Aid to Sri Lanka After Deadly Floods

Israeli minister providing relief to Sri Lanka after flooding, May 2016 (Photo: MFA)

Last week, deadly floods struck the nation of Sri Lanka. The Algemeiner's Shiryn Ghermezian reports that Israel has responded by providing much-needed relief to the Sri Lankan people:

The Disaster Relief Management Ministry of Sri Lanka received water pumps, water filters, solar lighting kits and LED torches, as well as 50,000 tablets for water purification. The MFA said in a released statement that, depending on the needs of the Sri Lankan people, Israel will also provide long- and medium-term cooperation, which will include water expertise.

“At this difficult times, the people of Israel and its government stand by the people of Sri Lanka,” the ministry said.

Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Center (DMC) confirmed that the floods across the country claimed the lives of at least 101 people, while another 100 people were still listed as missing in the central district of Kegalle, which was affected the most, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. The floods triggered landslides, and a DMC spokesperson said, more than 530 houses have been completely destroyed, and another 4,000 “partly damaged.” A third of the 650,000 residents in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo were driven out of their homes, and Sri Lanka’s Finance Ministry estimated the damage to small businesses and industries at about $2 billion...

Israeli Ambassador to Sri Lanka Daniel Carmon said the Jewish state was “honored” to provide emergency assistance to Sri Lanka following the natural disaster...

“Friendship between people — but more so between nations — is tested in times of need,” he said.

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