The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yi Xianliang made the announcement after handing over a consignment of emergency relief supplies donated by China to the Government at the Katunayake airport today.
Minister of Disaster Management Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, who accepted the relief supplies from China at the Bandaranaike International Airport, said China has promised USD 1.5 million to construct the houses in the friendship village.
The Minister said the funds and the relief items donated through the Chinese Government will help boost the relations between both countries.
Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yi Xianliang said China will construct 100 houses for the families affected by the recent floods and landslides.
“We will do our best for Sri Lanka. I believe we are close friends,” the Ambassador said referring to the friendship between Sri Lanka and China.
The Ambassador said that China and Sri Lanka have maintained a close relationship for several years and this has resulted in China offering immediate assistance to the country.
China sent over 15 million yuan (2.28 million U.S. dollars) worth of emergency supplies, including 3000 tents and folding beds, to help with flood relief in Sri Lanka.
The relief supplies were sent to Sri Lanka via a chartered flight. Heavy rain followed by floods and landslides two weeks ago killed around 100 people while many more are still missing.
Over 500,000 people have also been affected by the adverse weather with several homes being completely destroyed around the country. (Colombo Gazette)