SINGAPORE: Following deadly floods and landslides in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of Cyclone Roanu, the Singapore Red Cross (SRC) will distribute US$150,000 worth of relief items to survivors, it announced in a media release on Monday (May 23).
This includes a US$100,000 contribution from the Singapore Government in support of immediate relief efforts, it added.
SRC said the communities affected by Cyclone Roanu will receive food and non-food relief items such as household and health kits, as well as clothes. "A team is on standby to be deployed for relief work in the affected communities," it added.
"The Singapore Government extends its condolences to the government and people of Sri Lanka over the loss of lives and unprecedented destruction caused by the floods and landslides over the past week," Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a separate statement on Monday. "Singapore stands by Sri Lanka during this difficult period."
MFA added that Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan has written to Sri Lankan Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera to convey his condolences.
The heaviest rainfall in Sri Lanka in more than 25 years has had a devastating impact on the country. The death toll from last week's floods and landslides stands at 92, with 109 people still listed as missing. Search and rescue operations are ongoing.