8:10 AM

Emergency aid to the People of Myanmar.

Emergency aid from the People of Sri Lanka to People of Myanmar has been air dashed to Myanmar. Ministry of Health helped for the transportation of the consignment up to Katunayake and Mountain Hawk Express Ltd, Licensees for FedEx international Courier Service helped with the logistic service for the Myanmar relief.

Earlier all three chapters of Maha Sangha have appealed for urgent assistance from the public to help people of Myanmar affected by the recent cyclone and community and Business sector given good respond on the Maha Sangha's request.

Subsequently, Minister Milinda Moragoda, Minister Laksman Yapa Abeywardana and Chief justice Mr. Sarath N Silva called a meeting and established a special committee including Aggamahapanditha Kotugoda Dammawasa anunayaka, Ittapana Dammalankara, Brahmanawatte Sivalee, Prof. Bellanwila Wimalarathana, Maduluwawe Sobitha, Muruttetuwe Anannda, Daranagama Kusaladamma and Thiniyawala Palitha theros to coordinate with relevant authorities on this event.

Sri Lanka Tea board, Maliban Company, Joint apparel Exporters forum and John keels joined with the Minister of Tourism took action to organize a relief consignment to Myanmar cyclone affected countrymen as a gesture of goodwill. In fact the Cultural and Buddhist Religious Relations between Sri Lanka and Myanmar date back to several centuries in the history. The relief project initiated by the Ministry of Tourism was actively supported by the High Buddhist Priests, Catholic Church and several statutory bodies and several business establishments.

Minister of Tourism requested the Government of Norway through Ambassador in Colombo Tore Hattrem for financial support for the air lifting of the consignment to Myanmar. The request made was swiftly acknowledged by the Government of Norway and it was announced that would the cover the cost of carriage up to U. S. $ 90,000/-.

Further in response to a special request, the Norwegian Government consented additionally to meet the cost of air passage to the 10 member delegation headed by Bandula Gunawardena, Minister of Trade, Marketing Development, Co-operatives & Consumer Services, accompanying the relief consignment to Myanmar.