Help for victims of Sri Lanka floods

  • Nation
  • Monday, 24 Nov 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Mercy Malaysia and the Sri Lanka High Commission will hold a dinner here to raise funds to rebuild homes wiped out during the recent floods in the South Asian country. 

Sri Lanka High Commissioner Rosy Senanayake said the money would go towards the reconstruction of the village of Deniyaya, south of the country. 

During the floods five months ago – the worst in 50 years – more than 300 people were killed and 5,000 others are still housed in refugee camps. 

“The entire infrastructure has to be rebuilt from zero. 

There are no more schools, roads, bridges and houses,” Senanayake added. 

She said Mercy Malaysia had identified another development project in the north and east, the funds for which would also be raised at the dinner. 

“We have received overwhelming response to the event.  

“Those who have links with Sri Lanka and roots in the country can join hands with us to rebuild lives in Sri Lanka,” she added. 

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is expected to attend the dinner, themed Rebuilding Lives in Sri Lanka, along with Sri Lankan Minister of Industrial Development, Industrial Policy, Investment Promotion and Constitutional Affairs Prof G. L. Peiris at the Crown Princess Hotel on Dec 5. 

The dinner will feature traditional Sri Lankan dances and a fashion show. 

Malaysia Airlines has agreed to be a co-sponsor by bringing in a 12-member dance troupe from Sri Lanka. 

Those who wish to attend or donate can call Sarath Surendra (012-283-0145), Ranga Kalansooriya (013-255-6213) or Vasantha Nair (03-2161-2206 or 2161-2199.) 

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