Donor agencies huddle up for aid effort

A team of six UN experts in humanitarian aid delivery is due in Sri Lanka today to assess the current situation and help the government draw up an international appeal for help. A team of six UN experts in humanitarian aid delivery is due in Sri Lanka today to assess the current situation and help the government draw up an international appeal for help. “The team will help the government do a detailed assessment on immediate needs and areas of need to call for international aid,” the resident head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Miguel Bermeo told Lanka Business Online.

International agencies met with the government on Sunday to call for and coordinate assistance and another meeting to tally assistance offers will take place on Monday.

The UNDP says it has already allocated US$ 100,000 as emergency grant-aid for Sri Lanka.

The funds will immediately go towards facilitating relief measures.

The local UN offices are also trying to bring down UN volunteers from India to help coordinate and distribute assistance in Sri Lanka – at the moment there are only four UN volunteers based in Sri Lanka.

UN agencies like UNICEF, UNHCR and World Healt