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DMC receives 10,000 surgical masks, 30 thermometers from UNDP

Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe receiving the masks from UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Sri Lanka Faiza Effendi.
Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe receiving the masks from UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Sri Lanka Faiza Effendi.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka handed over 10,000 surgical masks and 30 Infrared thermometers to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) to be distributed to relief centers, search and rescue teams and to those affected by the southwest monsoons recently.

Disaster Management Center Director General Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe said at the handing over ceremony that preparing for the southwest monsoon this year also means preparing to prevent a spike in COVID-19 infections. He said natural disasters are frequent now and the UNDP help equip relief centres so these places can face efficiently for future disasters.

UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Sri Lanka Faiza Effendi said the southwest monsoon and the COVID-19 pandemic pose dual challenges and collaborative actions are needed to face them. “Keeping communities informed and resilient is the priority,” she said.

The UNDP in Sri Lanka has supported the Sri Lanka Red Cross to mobilise additional resources for them to assist flood affected and help flood and landslide prone districts that are also considered high risk areas for COVID-19.

The UNDP in Sri Lanka has assisted in conducting awareness programmes along with the DMC, Natural Disaster Relief Services Center, MOH office for Divisional Offices and other stakeholders including NGOs, CBOs and the private sector.

Facilities for screening, disinfection and personal safety kits have been provided to relief centers. The UNDP has further provided technical support to the DMC to improve virtual emergency coordination and communication. An analysis was also conducted to develop resource maps for emergency planning.

 


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