Sri Lanka Tsunami — Yankee Doodle

The United States is sending around 1,500 marines, 20 helicopters and US$ 2.6 mn in emergency aid to help tsunami hit Sri Lanka get back on its feet. The United States is sending around 1,500 marines, 20 helicopters and US$ 2.6 mn in emergency aid to help tsunami hit Sri Lanka get back on its feet. The aid package is part of the US government’s US$ 350 mn to help the tsunami-ravaged South Asia.

Giant waves from the quake hit Sri Lanka on Boxing Day, killing over 28,500 and displacing over a million people. The island nation of 19.7 mn people is appealing for international aid to recover from the disaster that is estimated to cost US$ 1 bn or one percent of its gross domestic product.

US Ambassador Jeffrey J Lunstead said that the first batch of about 200 marines from a U.S. base in Okinawa will set foot in the Southern coastal town of Galle on Monday.

“The marines will go about setting up logistics for the American governments humanitarian efforts to establish rail, bridges and road links in the affected areas,” Marine Corp. Colonel Tom Collins told a journalists on Saturday.

Collins couldn’t say how many more marines will join in