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Australia announces $500K humanitarian assistance to Sri Lanka for disaster relief

(UDHAYAM, CANBERRA) – Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop today announced that the Australian Government will provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Sri Lanka affected by devastating heavy rain, flash flooding and landslides.

The Australian Government will provide $500,000 to meet urgent needs identified by the Sri Lankan Government, with more than 557,000 people across Sri Lanka affected, the Minister said in a release.

“Our assistance will support the deployment of inflatable boats and outboard motors to contribute to search and rescue efforts, the delivery of clean water, the establishment of safe spaces for children, and the provision of vital health services to affected women and girls,” the Minister said.

Over 180 people have been reported dead, dozens reported as missing, with more than 70,000 currently displaced in the disaster.

The Australian Government commended the Sri Lankan authorities and the United Nations for their effective response to the emergency.

“We continue to closely monitor the situation and stand ready to provide further assistance as required,” She said. Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the Australians concerned about the safety of family or friends who may have been affected should contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Within Australia at: 1300 555 135 and Outside Australia at: +61 2 6261 3305, SMS +61 421 269 080.

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