May 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka will dispatch 20 tones of relief assistance to cyclone hit Myanmar, the government announced today.
Addressing a press conference, Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said Myanmar is a close friend of Sri Lanka and urged the public to come to the aid of the people of Myanmar.
"A great devastation had stuck one of our close friends and a neighbouring country in the Asian region. When the LTTE attacked the Dalada Maligawa, the Myanmar Government and its people contributed towards reconstructing the temple and the Ruwanweliseya Chudamanikya was enhanced in quality with the help of the Myanmar Government," the Minister said.
Cyclone Nargis moved across southern Myanmar on May 2 killing over 100,000 people and leaving nearly 50,000 missing in 600 villages.
The Sri Lankan government also donated USD 25,000 to the Myanmar government as emergency relief.
Meanwhile the Three Chapters of the Maha Sangha also have appealed for assistance from the public to help the people of Myanmar.
"Collection of goods and other support from the public can be done during the Vesak period. We can announce to the public at each temple all around the country to come forward and extend their support and also bring donors to their respective temples," Ven. Madhuluwawe Sobitha Thera said.