2017-05-31 新丝路文化传媒 新丝路文化传播
COLOMBO, May 30 (APD) - Chinese nationals in Sri Lanka, on Monday handed over donations to assist thousands of victims who had been affected by severe floods and landslides which has killed 183 people to date.
The donation was co-organized by the Sri Lanka Overseas Chinese Association (SLOCA), Asia Pacific Daily and New Silk Route Culture Broadcast.
SLOCA President Zhang Hong said that a time the people of Sri Lanka were facing a disaster, overseas Chinese in Sri Lanka had come forward to lend a helping hand.
"This once again outlines the strong and traditional friendship shared between China and Sri Lanka. I hope these donations can be sent to the hands of the victims as soon as possible to help them rebuild their homes," Zhang said.
Severe rains and strong winds since Thursday have caused major floods and deadly landslides in several districts of the island country which has so far killed 183 people.
According to the latest figures released by the Disaster Management Center, 112 people continued to be treated at state hospitals while over 545,000 people had been affected.
Over 100,000 people have also been evacuated to safe shelters.
The heavy rains also caused flooding in some of the ongoing development projects including some Chinese projects.
In particular, the first section of the Southern Expressway extension line, which was financed by the Export-Import Bank of China, was seriously damaged and the construction of the project was blocked and caused significant property damage.
Tri forces along with rescue teams are conducting search and rescue operations in many of the flooded districts while teams continued to distribute dry rations, food and other relief materials.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena who visited Rtanapura in south Sri Lanka on Monday ordered authorities to provide immediate relief to the victims affected by the disaster.