Red Cross Society of China offers donations to Sri Lanka flood victims

Source: Xinhua| 2017-05-30 19:40:17|Editor: Hou Qiang
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COLOMBO, May 30 (Xinhua) -- The Red Cross Society of China on Tuesday donated 100,000 U.S. dollars to the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) to support Sri Lanka's relief and rebuilding efforts in the current disaster of flooding and landslides.

A statement by the Chinese embassy in Colombo said that Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yi Xianliang, on behalf of the Red Cross Society of China, handed over the donation to Nimal Kumar, national secretary of SLRCS.

Ambassador Yi extended the deepest sympathy and condolences to the Sri Lankan people especially the families affected by the disaster.

He hoped the donation could assist the current relief operation of SLRCS and provide help to the people in the disaster-affected areas.

Kumar expressed appreciation and gratitude to the generous donation from the Red Cross Society of China.

Days of severe rains caused major floods and landslides in many parts of the country since Friday, killing 183 people and injuring over 100 to date.

The Disaster Management Center said 112 people are missing, while over 545,000 have been affected.

Search and rescue operations are ongoing in many districts as the water levels are receding and hundreds of teams are on ground distributing aid, food and dry rations to those affected.