EU gives two mln euros in aid for Sri Lanka floods

BRUSSELS, January 14, 2011 (AFP) – The European Commission decided on Friday to release two million euros ($2.7 million) in emergency humanitarian aid for the victims of devastating floods in Sri Lanka. The assistance will be distributed through international aid agencies to provide emergency food aid, water and sanitation, and emergency relief items.

“When I see the images of devastation by the floods in Sri Lanka, I feel that it is the EU’s duty to make it possible for thousands of people to receive emergency relief,” said European aid commissioner Kristalina Georgieva. The number of people killed in Sri Lanka’s monsoon flooding and mudslides has risen to 27 with more than a million still displaced by the devastating disaster, officials said Friday.