UN asking for US$ 33.1 mn for Sri Lanka at Jakarta donors conference, Thursday

Sri Lanka is hoping to raise US$ 33.1 mn in initial aid, to rebuild the islands tsunami ravaged essential infrastructure, at a United Nations (UN) ‘flash appeal’ in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Thursday. Sri Lanka is hoping to raise US$ 33.1 mn in initial aid, to rebuild the islands tsunami ravaged essential infrastructure, at a United Nations (UN) ‘flash appeal’ in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Thursday. “UN staff in tsunami-hit areas, including UNDP officials and UN volunteers, are identifying country recovery priorities for a flash appeal that Secretary-General Kofi Annan and UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown will present to donors at a conference in Jakarta tomorrow (Thursday),” the UN announced on Wednesday.

“Indonesia, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Seychelles are participating in the appeal, which amounts to nearly US$130 mn,” said the announcement.

The UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) is asking for US$33.1 mn in the flash appeal to help Sri Lanka, where the tsunami claimed 30,000 lives, and 700,000 need immediate assistance.

The UNDP in Sri Lanka worked with the government as a central coordinating body for foreign aid immediately after the tsunami hit the coastal regions of the