SRI LANKA: EU PROVIDES RS, 48 MILLION IN EMERGENCY RELIEF TO VICTIMS OF CARGO SHIP FIRE IN SRI LANKA

June 23 – In response to serous oil and hazardous chemical spills triggered by the fire that broke out on a ship carrying hazardous

substances in May, the European Union is directing €200,000 (over 48 million Sri Lankan rupees) in humanitarian funding to provide crucial assistance. The aid will benefit 15,000 people who have been heavily affected by the disaster in the districts of Colombo, Galle, Gampaha, Kalutara, Puttalam and Matara.

The aid will also focus on supporting local authorities to clean hazardous and toxic materials along the country’s west coast. Necessary training and materials, such as personal protective equipment, goggles and boots, will also be provided to volunteers involving in the cleaning activities. Colombo Page / Read more

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