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ADB grants 12.5 million dollars in emergency assistance to Sri Lanka

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Manila (dpa) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Friday it has approved a 12.5-million-dollar emergency assistance grant to Sri Lanka to help rehabilitate roads and bridges damaged by severe flooding last year.

The Manila-based ADB said the money would be used to rehabilitate a total of 450 kilometres of roads and bridges damaged by floods in the southern districts of Galle, Hambantota, Kalutara, Matara and Ratnapura.

"This assistance will answer the urgent rehabilitation needs and help restore normalcy in the project areas,'' said Robert Rinker, portfolio management specialist at ADB's Sri Lanka resident mission.

Some 140,000 families had been displaced in the May 2003 floodings in Sri Lanka, the worst the south Asian country has experienced in 50 years.

The ADB said the Sri Lankan government would contribute 5 million dollars to the rehabilitation project, which would be carried out by the country's Road Development Authority in the span of more than two years. dpa jg gl eu

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