Technical Assistance from America to Reduce Disaster Risk in Sri Lanka – Minister Faiszer Musthapha

Minister of Provincial Councils and local Government (President’s Counsel)Faiszer Musthapha stated that technical assistance from America will be given toour country in order to reduce disaster risk. He said that America has given us the technical support even after Tsunami. Minister Musthapha said this after meeting the affected community in Aranayaka and Kolonnawa with the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka.
On the instructions of H.E. the President, Minister Musthapha with the technical support from the United States of America, has initiated a programme to assist the victims from landslide and flood in Aranayaka and Colombo districts.Accordingly, under the patronage of Hon. Minister FaiszerMusthapha, AthulKeshap the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka, South Asia Regional Advisor for Disaster Risk Reduction Dr. Michael J. Ernst, the Secretary of the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government Mr. Kamal Padmasiri and Mr. AselaIddawela the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation & Development Corporation visited the affected areas in Aranayaka today morning (25th May 2016). After that the group of representatives met the affected community and discussed their issues. At Aranayaka Divisional Secretariat Office, they discussed on the issue with the relevant officers.
In the evening Minister Musthapha along with the U.S. Ambassador to Sri LankaAthulKeshap and the group of representatives visited Sedawatta, Welewatta, and Salawatta in Colombo, Kolonnawa Divisional Secretariat. A discussion was held among the officers on assisting the affected community. 
 Dr. Michael J. Ernst, the South Asia Regional Advisor for Disaster Risk Reduction has come to Sri Lanka to observe and find the reasons for recent disasters and to give the technical support to reduce the risk. Dr. Michael J. Ernst has over twenty years of experience in the field of Humanitarian assistance, disaster risk reduction, and International Development. In addition he was an expert consultant in Disaster Management Programme in New Delhi.  

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