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The Korean Government Hands over Humanitarian Assistance Items to Flood Victims

Korean news 2017 6 7The Government of the Republic of Korea handed over humanitarian assistance items worth 300,000 U.S. dollars to the Ministry of Disaster Management of Sri Lanka on 7 June 2017. The relief items comprise 200 family tents (660cm x 400cm), 3,500 tarpaulins (4.2m x 5m), 2,600 blankets (210cm x 150cm), and 2,503 blankets (1.5m x 2m).

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Ministry of Disaster Management of Sri Lanka held the hand-over ceremony at the Ministry on 7 June 2017. H.E. Chang Won-sam, Korean Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Hon. Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Minister of Disaster Management, Mr. Lee Dong-ku, Country Director of KOICA Sri Lanka Office, and other dignitaries were present at the hand-over ceremony. 

Apart from the government-level humanitarian assistance, the Korean community and companies are also continuing to assist the victims affected by floods and landslides. The Korean Businessmen’s Association (KBA) of Sri Lanka donated relief goods worth of about LKR 15 Million (long boots, rubber gloves and soaps) to the Sri Lanka Police on 2 June 2017. One of Korea’s leading companies, SK Energy and Service (SK E&S) made a donation of USD 20,000 as relief assistance to the Sri Lankan Embassy in Korea. In addition, Korean Actress Lee Young-ae, well-known as the heroine of Sujatha Diyani, contributed KRW 56 Million (approximately USD 50,000) to assist in flood relief efforts. 

Furthermore, the Korean Residents Association of Lanka is collecting funds and relief goods for the flood victims and bereaved families in Ratnapura, and is expected to hand them over on 8 June 2017. 

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