15 august / 2017

The Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations dispatched humanitarian aid for the population of Sri Lanka affected by strong floods and drought

"In accordance with a request from the government of the Republic of Sri Lanka and an instruction from the Russian government, an Il-76 aircraft of the Russian emergencies ministry delivered 32 tons of humanitarian aid to the population of Sri Lanka hit by floods".

The cargo includes portable mobile power plants, tents and sets of tableware.

According to local authorities, more than 150 people were killed as a result of floods, and more than 3,000 people had to flee their homes. Ten of thousands houses were devastated.

Russian Minister for Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov sent a telegram to his Sri Lankan counterpart, expressing condolences and a bid to render assistance in dealing with the aftermath of severe floods caused by a tropical cyclone.

The ministry already helped Sri Lanka in 2004 after a devastating tsunami. Russian rescuers were dispatched to Sri Lanka and medical assistance was provided to hundreds of affected people by medics from the airmobile hospital of the ministry’s Tsentrospas airmobile rescue unit.