Colombo, June 7 (NIA) – Norwegian Foreign Minister, Børge Brende, has announced that Norway will contribute US 1.2 million dollars towards the humanitarian relief effort due to floods and landslides in Sri Lanka, the Norwegian Embassy said in a statement here Wednesday.
The support will be channeled through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC).
UNICEF will assist children, women and their families affected by the flood and landslides.
The statement said Norwegian support will also be provided in the areas of water, sanitation, hygiene, child protection and education.
The Norwegian support to IFRC will help to improve the condition in collective centers with water and sanitation.
It will also contribute to clean up the wells and give the people basic household items to restart their lives.
The Norwegian Embassy in Colombo is funding an ongoing technical cooperation between the National Building Research Organization (NBRO) and the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), for capacity building and advanced equipment to NBRO on landslide prevention, analysis and early warning systems.
The support to NBRO aim to save lives and property by early warning systems and comprehensive mapping.
“The Embassy is in dialogue with NBRO on their needs for increased support,” the statement said.