The U.S. donated rescue boat engines and life-saving gear

United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Alaina B. Tiplitz on July 10 donated rescue boat engines and other life-saving equipment to Sri Lankan, President Asanka Nanayakkara.

These devices will enhance the organization’s ability to rescue lives in the dense coastal waters around Sri Lanka and help strengthen Sri Lanka’s search and rescue capabilities during monsoon floods.

The donation was funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, which includes three Suzuki 40 HP outboard motors for use with inflatable rescue boats, 44 safety helmets for boat operators, 11 rescue ropes, and 22 life-saving rings. U.S. Embassy staff work with the Ministries of Health, Education, and Tourism to establish the first National Water Security Policy

"I am pleased that the United States can provide the rescue gear that will inevitably save Sri Lankan lives during monsoon floods and other natural disasters." "Empowering Sri Lankan civil society to ensure the safety and security of the people of Sri Lanka is a key element in our long-term support," she said.

The United States has provided disaster relief and humanitarian assistance to Sri Lanka, including tsunami recovery assistance, 2017 flood relief, infrastructure improvements, increased weather forecasting and disaster management, and medical training and assistance. In the last 70 years, the United States has spent Rs. 370 billion aid to Sri Lanka, some of which will have to be repaid. This assistance has helped to make Sri Lanka a strong, sovereign state.

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