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* Australia increases support for demining efforts in Sri Lanka
Wed, Apr 3, 2019, 08:41 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 03, Colombo: Australia will increase support for humanitarian demining efforts in Sri Lanka observing the International Mine Awareness Day on April 4th, the Australian High Commission in Colombo said today.

Australia will provide AUD 1 million (more than 124 million LKR) in assistance over the next two years through a partnership with the Mine Action Group (MAG) and Sri Lankan organization Devlon Assistance for Social Harmony (DASH).

"This increased funding will provide vital additional mine clearance capacity in Mannar and Vavuniya, two critical mine-affected provinces," the Australian High Commission said in a statement.

"It will allow many families to return to their land, re-establish their lives and enhance income-earning opportunities."

Australia has been one of the largest contributors to demining in Sri Lanka, contributing AUD 20 million (around LKR 2 billion) since 2009.

 

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