|Friday, 23 May 2003|
A consignment of 200 tents, donated by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be distributed to the flood victims of the Southern Sri Lanka. The Saudi Government had donated food stuff and tents to the value of over Rs. 50 million in March this year on the request of Minister of Vanni Rehabilitation Noordeen Mashoor for distribution to internally displaced Muslim families in the North and East. The consignment worth Rs. 6 million will be handed over to the Government of Sri Lanka for the distribution of the immediate needs of the recent flood affected people in the south, states Minister Assisting Vanni Rehabilitation, Noordeen Mashoor in a press release.
A symbolic handing-over of Saudi donated tents was held last morning at Temple Trees where Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe accepted the consignment from Saudi Arabian Ambassador Mohammed M. Al-Ali along with Minister Noordeen Mashoor. Accepting the consignment, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe thanked the Government of Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and King Fahd of Saudi Arabia for this generous donation. He said this donation would enormously useful for the suffering masses in the flood stricken areas.
The Saudi Ambassador, while handing over the consignment said his country and the people of Saudi Arabia were deeply concerned over the devastation caused by the recent floods. He said this consignment of tents would enable the victims at this time of disaster to a greater extent. He said that he has initiated action to extend further assistance to the flood victims through Minister Noordeen Mashoor.
Each package of tent which is contained of two bed sheets and a carpet will be shortly handed over to Minister of Power and Energy Karu Jayasuriya who is the head of the Disaster Management Committee, said Minister Mashoor. Ministry's Secretary R. Tharmakualsingam and Private Secretary to the Minister K. M. M. Sheriff were also present.
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