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Madam High Commissioner
I wish to commend the constructive manner in which you, Mr President, have been conducting the work of the Human Rights Council. Our deliberations have been guided by you with sagacity and sensitivity, aimed at achieving the objectives of our agenda in a fair and equitable manner. You have the fullest cooperation and support of my delegation for the work of the Council.
Colombo – May 5, 2011: Assistant Secretary Robert Blake, former U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka, traveled to Kilinochchi on Tuesday to turn over water pumps to formerly displaced farmers in the North. The water pumps are one aspect of a $5.2 million U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) project to assist recently resettled families in the North, conducted in partnership with the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Ministry of Agriculture and the Northern Council Departments of Agriculture, Livestock and Agrarian Services.
USAID Supports Mobile Clinics
Last week the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) Food for Peace (FFP) program signed a $1.5 million grant agreement to help more than 22,000 flood victims in eastern Sri Lanka.
The Government is taking all necessary measures to support those affected by floods. Arrangements have been made to provide them with shelter, dry rations, medicine and other emergency needs.
The DMC had deployed 2 Navy boats to Ruwanwella and 2 to Avissawella to assist flood victims and the government is coordinating with local government authorities, security forces and NGOs to support flood victims. In addition the DMC arranged 10 water pumps from Colombo DDMCU and 5 from Gampaha DDMCU to kegalle.
In Sri Lanka Southwestern monsoonal rain has affected several thousand people mainly in four districts in the country. More than 8600 persons have been affected by heavy rain, floods and landslides in the Kegalle, Galle, Gampaha, Colombo and Kalutara Districts, the Disaster Management Centre said.
A fast recovery of economic activities is taking place in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka since the end of the conflict in May 2009. In 2009, the Northern Province recorded a provincial nominal GDPgrowth rate of 14.2 per cent, the second highest in Sri Lanka.
Australia’s Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd officially launched the new overseas volunteer program, Australian Volunteers for International Development, on 26 May 2011 at Parliament House, Canberra.
The new, integrated program will make it easier for more Australians to volunteer their services in developing countries, in support of the priorities of the Australian Government’s aid program.
The first priority of the government after the war, was addressing humanitarian concerns to ensure resettlement and reconciliation, including early returns of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their homes, External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris said.
The concept of Ecosystem based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR) involves improving the understanding of the landscape, natural resources, ecosystem, economic opportunities, disaster potential and vulnerabilities of populations in a given region and taking action to promote sustainable development by incorporating environment conservation and disaster risk reduction into the development process. Adoption of Eco-DRR is expected to promote healthy economic growth opportunities while ensuring safety of people and wise use of natural resources.
Thursday, 19 May 2011 16:50
Between 1 April and 13 May 2011, 1,139 persons (366 families) departed the Menik Farm and Kodikamam Ramavil camps for their areas of origin in Maritimepattu and Oddusuddan in Mullative and Kilinochchi (Pachchilaipallai and Karachchi) Districts, increasing the total population returned to the Northern Province to 373,593 persons (114,561 families).
A 15-member disaster relief team deployed by the Government of Sri Lanka arrived in Japan yesterday (12/05) to carry out volunteer activities in the Ishinomaki area of Miyagi prefecture.
The team will mainly engage in mud and debris clearance operations and will assist in the tsunami struck areas of Miyagi prefecture from 13th May for a period of 2 weeks, in cooperation with the volunteer activities of ‘Peace Boat’, a Non-Governmental Organisation.
**Supporting Disaster Preparedness in Asia **
In response to the Great East Japan Earthquake, a disaster relief team comprising 15 officials from the Ministry of Disaster Management of Sri Lanka will arrive at Narita Airport on the morning of May 12 (UL460).
This team is going to engage in debris clearance operations in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture for about two weeks from May 13, in cooperation with volunteer activities of 'Peace Boat', a Non-Governmental Organization.
Brussels, 10 May 2011
The EU considers that the publication of the report of the UN Secretary-General Panel of Experts on accountability in Sri Lanka is an important development. It will be recalled that the EU had welcomed the appointment of the Panel by the UNSG in June 2010.
VAVUNIYA: The field engineer troops and the FSD, MAG, DDG and the Sarvatra de mining teams have recovered following unserviceable military items in the suburbs of VAVUNIYA yesterday (08).
Rangan 99 type AP mines 160
130mm artillery round 01
P4 M2 type AP mines 10
Electric mines 07
P4 MK1 type AP mines 93
The Sri Lanka Electricity Board has supplied electricity to over 95 percent of a quarter million displaced people in the North-East, after they were resettled in their places of origin.
According to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Chairman Vidya Amarapala, the Board's electricity penetration programmes have reached all IDP villages in the North and East. The board is giving electricity to the resettled free of charge. The provision of electricity will be available to them throughout the year, The Chairman said.
More rehabilitated LTTE cadres will be released to mark the 2600th Sambuddathva Jayanthi anniversary.
Commissioner General of Rehabilitation Brigadier Sudantha Ranasinghe has said that more LTTE cadres will be reintegrated into the society upon completion of their rehabilitation program to mark the significant religious event that celebrates the 2600th anniversary of Buddha's enlightenment.
Several rehabilitated LTTE cadres are to be released on the Vesak Poya Day, the Commissioner General said.
Brussels, 6 May 2011
The European Commission raised its humanitarian support to Sri Lanka by another €10 million today. This will finance further assistance for internally displaced Sri Lankans, helping them to return to their homes, and ensuring that basic services are in place for the returnees. These additional resources will also bring humanitarian aid to vulnerable Sri Lankan refugees in India, and will reach the most affected victims of the floods that ravaged Sri Lanka's eastern province earlier this year.
The government has made arrangements to implement a housing programme for the displaced persons in the North. This programme is being jointly implemented by the Ministries of Resettlement and the construction, Engineering Services, Housing, and Common Amenities.
Under this programme, the National Housing Development Authority extends a loan of 200 thousand rupees to every house recipient. The programme is to be implemented in every district in the North and will commence from the Mullathivu and Kilinochchi districts.