Colin Powell visits Red Cross relief centre in Galle

Published: 7 January 2005 0:00 CET

Manjula Sujith

US Secretary of State Colin Powell visited a Red Cross Relief Centre in Galle today to inspect the distribution operations of the Sri Lanka Red Cross.

The distributions to victims of the tsunami that hit the island on 26 December are supported by the US Agency for International Development, USAID.

More than 30,000 people died in the disaster in Sri Lanka and over 800,000 were displaced.

Kitchen sets and other non-food relief items have been distributed to the displaced persons living in the camp, which is currently home to 200 people, and is one of many such camps in Galle.

The Centre at St. Aloysius College also provides medical support to the displaced with the help of Red Cross volunteer doctors.

Secretary Powell spoke with the displaced people, volunteers and Red Cross officials and expressed his sympathies and support of the US for relief and other operations.

Powell was welcomed by the President of the Sri Lanka Red Cross, Jagath Abeysinghe, and National Secretary Nimal Kumar.

He was accompanied by the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Jeffrey Lunstead and Sri Lankan minister Managala Samaraweera