Sri Lanka gets US aid for flood victims

May 19, 2011 (LBO) – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is giving a 1.5 million grant under its Food for Peace (FFP) programme to help more than 22,000 flood victims in eastern Sri Lanka. Under the programme the US development agency will assist flood victims by paying them to repair small-scale infrastructure, such as irrigation canals, water tanks and roads, a statement said.

“The cash-for-work activities will not only increase beneficiaries™ purchasing power, helping them to buy food for their families but will also fix damage caused by the floods, restoring services and livelihoods,” it said.

The new agreement complements USAID™s February 2011 contribution of 416,300 dollars for food assistance to WFP’s flood response operation in eastern Sri Lanka.

The crop destruction created by the recent floods took a toll on the food security and livelihoods of the people, and severely affected casual labor opportunities leaving these families with fewer means to meet their needs,” James Bednar, Mission Director, USAID Sri Lanka said.

“Through this grant, we will help identify a sustainable solution to food insecurity, secure livelihoods of farmers and resume economic