Sri Lanka gets flood rebuilding aid from Japan

Sri Lankan Police forming a human chain in parliament to protect the Speaker and enable a vote.

Sept 30, 2011 (LBO) – Japan is helping Sri Lanka rebuild flood damaged roads and irrigation networks and strengthen capacity to cope with future disasters through a seven billion yen (9.0 billion rupee) project the country’s aid agency said. Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) which administers Japanese aid said a concessionary loan was agreement was signed with Sri Lanka’s Treasury secretary P B Jayasundera.

The project will improve the mobility of people and farmers will be able to cultivate more land Akira Shimura, chief representative in Colombo of the JICA said in a statement.

The loan was in response to a May 2011 request from Sri Lanka for emergency flood reconstruction aid.

The emergency assistance also covers capacity development at Sri Lanka’s disaster management, meteorology, irrigation and building research agencies, allowing them to better cope with future disasters