The ADB will provide emergency aid to the tune of US$ 12.5mn to resuscitate southern roads drowned in floods.
ldblquote ADB will provide emergency assistance amounting to US$12.5 million to help rehabilitate transport infrastructure damaged during severe flooding in southern Sri Lanka in May 2003,
dblquote said a press release from the ADB on Friday.
rnThe assistance will restore roads and bridges to pre-flood conditions in five of the worst hit districts in the south – Galle, Hambantota, Kalutara, Matara, and Ratnapura.
rnrnIt will repair 450 km of the national, provincial, and local road network, plus bridges damaged by the flood, including ADB-financed road and bridge improvements that have been damaged or washed away.
rn rn”The road sector has the largest scope of rehabilitation work required to restore the road networks to preflood conditions,” says Robert Rinker, Portfolio Management Specialist at ADBs Sri Lanka Resident Mission.
rnrnTorrential rains on 17 and 18 May 2003 resulted in th