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$1 million aid from India to rain-hit Lanka

[Express Buzz, Saturday, 15 January 2011 10:15 No Comment]

India flew in the first consignment of 25 tonnes of emergency relief to rain-hit Sri Lanka on Friday, and vowed to send material worth USD 1 million over the next few days, the Indian High Commission has said in a release.

The aid comprises pulses, sugar, salt and other essential ingredients for daily cooking, ready-to-eat meals, blankets, mattresses, bed covers, water purifying equipment and tablets.

The distribution of Indian aid will begin on Saturday in the eastern Tamil-speaking district of Batticaloa, which is among the worst-hit districts.

The first consignment was handed over to the Lankan Minister of Economic Development, Basil Rajapaksa, by Indian High Commissioner Ashok K Kantha at the Bandaranaike International Airport.

Rajapaksa said India had always been the first to rush aid to Lanka when the latter faced disasters. In reply, envoy Ashok Kantha said India was ready to give more aid to help Lanka face the humanitarian challenge.

The second consignment of Indian aid will arrive on January 17.

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