The government of Bangladesh has decided to provide a cash assistance of US $ 500, 000 to support the victims of recent flood and landslides in Sri Lanka which killed more than 100 people and caused severe damage to livelihood and properties of thousand others. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina declared this cash donation today in Dhaka. Earlier, she wrote to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena condoling the deaths of Sri Lankan people and offered sympathy to the people who suffered from this devastating natural calamity that hit the country on 25th May.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Riaz Hamidullah will hand over the cash amount of US $ 500,000 to the Sri Lankan authorities soon. Sri Lankan government will use this money to buy the necessary requisites according to their needs. Meanwhile, Bangladesh High Commission in Colombo is also collecting medicines as donations from Bangladeshi pharmaceutical companies to supply to flood victims.
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, both members of SAARC and BIMSTEC, are enjoying friendly bilateral relations. The two countries have commonalities in values and culture, and share similar developmental aspirations. It may be mentioned that Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to visit Dhaka from 13 to 16 July 2017 at the invitation of Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina.