Australia increases support for demining efforts in Sri Lanka

Apr 03, 2019 (LBO) – Australia has increased its support for humanitarian demining efforts in Sri Lanka to mark the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action on Thursday.

Australia will provide more than 124 million rupees in assistance over the next two years through a partnership with the Mine Action Group (MAG) and Sri Lankan organisation Devlon Assistance for Social Harmony (DASH).

“This increased funding will provide vital additional mine clearance capacity in Mannar and Vavuniya, two critical mine-affected provinces,” the Australian High Commission said.

“It will allow many families to return to their land, re-establish their lives and enhance income-earning opportunities.”

Australia has been one of the largest contributors to demining in Sri Lanka, contributing around 2 billion rupees since 2009.