INTERNATIONAL FRAME &
STRUGGLE for Tamil Eelam: china
China hands over Galle Red Cross
complex to Sri Lanka
China View: Publicise China - Report the World
6 April 2008
GALLE, Sri Lanka, April 6 (Xinhua) -- The Red Cross Society of
China on Sunday handed over a Red Cross Complex to Sri Lanka as part of its
tsunami rehabilitation operations in Sri Lanka.
The complex built, which was undertaken in December 2006, is a fully equipped,
four storied administration building and a training center for the Galle branch
of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS).
Jiang Yiman, Executive Vice President of the Red Cross Society of China, said in
the handing over ceremony that the complex was a new landmark for the friendship
between the Red Cross of China and its Sri Lankan counterpart.
She hoped that the new complex would enhance the capability of the SLRCS to face
disaster in the future.
SLRCS Director General Nevil Nanayakkara said the two countries have enjoyed
good relations for more than 1,000 years and he thanked China for its generous
help in the tsunami rebuilding process.
Nanayakkara said the handing over of the project marked the successful
conclusion of China's tsunami rebuilding operations in Sri Lanka, but the
cooperation between the two countries, the two people and the two red crosses
The project, with a total investment of 463,217 U.S. dollars, was carried out by
the Sino-Hydro Corporation, a leading construction company in China.
This was in addition to 462 houses funded by the Chinese Red Cross Society, the
China Charity Federation, the Macao Red Cross and other non-governmental
organizations in China.
These houses, also built by the Sino-Hydro Corporation, had been completed and
handed over to tsunami affected families in the south of Sri Lanka.
China was among the first countries to respond to Sri Lanka's call for
assistance during the unprecedented tsunami catastrophe in December 2004 that
killed around 40,000 people and displaced around 1 million in the Indian Ocean
China has recently concluded the reconstruction work of three tsunami affected
fishery harbors in the western and southern coasts of Sri Lanka fully funded by
the Chinese government.
In order to prevent similar disasters in the future, the China Meteorological
Administration has donated to Sri Lanka a Fengyun Cast System, capable of
disseminating earth observation data to help the country set up a seismological
Editor: Yan Liang