The US says it has provided more than US$ 38 mn in emergency assistance to Sri Lanka.

The US announced on Thursday that it had provided more than US$ 38 mn in emergency relief assistance to Sri Lanka. The US announced on Thursday that it had provided more than US$ 38 mn in emergency relief assistance to Sri Lanka. “The United States has so far provided more than US$ 38 mn in emergency relief assistance to Sri Lanka, not including the cost of deploying military personnel and assets to the country,” said a statements from the American Embassy on Thursday.

Most of this assistance has been channelled through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Disaster Assistance Relief Team, that had a team of more than 10 people on the ground since the initial days following the tsunami.

On January 11, as part of the American government’s contribution to the UN’s regional appeal, the US designated US$ 1 mn for emergency shelter programs in Sri Lanka.

Thus far, the US military has deployed several ships and detachments of military personnel in the region, said the statement.

The USS Duluth, carrying earthmoving equipment, Marines and helicopters, is lying off the coast of Galle; and app