Plea to revive war-hit Sri Lankan province

ABU DHABI — The Sri Lankan embassy in Abu Dhabi has appealed to Sri Lankan expatriates and other well-wishers to support the revival of eastern province of Negenahira Navodaya, which was devastated in the clash between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan armed forces, Ambassador Mohamed Nabavi Junaid said yesterday.

By Anwar Ahmad

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Published: Thu 13 Sep 2007, 8:51 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:10 AM

The Sri Lankan government has launched a massive development programme of 180 days in the eastern province and asked all ministries and departments to contribute for the purpose proactively.

The embassy will be involved in this initiative by way of providing relief services to the public in the eastern province, a source said.

The Sri Lankan government wants to provide assistance to the community with the help of health camps where foreign doctors can extend health services to schools and community centres as well as provide food, medicines, clothes and bicycles to the needy.

English-language teaching programmes will be arranged by foreign expatriate volunteers. Livelihood services like fishing boats, nets, agricultural equipment, drip irrigation systems, roofing sheets, computers and school books will also be provided to the local population.

Shipping and other related costs from the UAE will be borne by the government of Sri Lanka, the embassy source said.

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