Chinese government will offer humanitarian aid worth 15 million yuan to Sri Lanka for its flood relief efforts, said Hua Chunying, spokeswoman for Chinese Foreign Ministry on Wednesday.
Hua said at the press conference that China and Sri Lanka are traditional friendly neighbors, adding that China believes the Sri Lankan people will definitely be able to overcome the disasters and rebuild their homeland under the leadership of the Sri Lankan government.
“China and Sri Lanka are traditional friendly neighbors, and the Chinese people feel the same as the Sri Lankan people do when they suffer in the disasters of deadly floods and mudslides. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang have respectively sent a message of condolences to their counterparts President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, saying Chinese government is willing to exert all efforts to support theSri Lankan government in its disaster relief work,” said Hua.
She said China is willing to offer humanitarian aid to Sri Lanka and the relief supplies will be sent in the shortest time possible.
“Chinese government will offer humanitarian aid worth 15 million yuan to Sri Lanka. The relief supplies include tents, blankets among others which Sri Lanka is in urgent need of, and will be sent to the country in the shortest time possible. In addition, the Red Cross Society of China has donated 100,000 U.S. dollars to the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) and will sent work groups to support Sri Lanka‘s relief and rebuilding efforts. We’ll provide further support and assistance to the country depending on the circumstances. We believe the Sri Lankan people will definitely be able to overcome the disasters and rebuild their homeland under the leadership of the Sri Lankan government,” said Hua.
The death toll in Sri Lanka‘s devastating floods and mudslides reached 202 by Wednesday morning while 96 people were still missing, according to the country’s Disaster Management Center.