May 31, 2017
Today, May 31, Foreign Minister Kishida decided to dispatch the Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) Expert Team to Sri Lanka in response to the damages from the floods and landslides caused by the heavy rainfall since May 24 around Southern and Western areas of the country. JICA will dispatch the team consisting of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and JICA for Sri Lanka on June 2.
Since May 24, the floods and landslides caused by the heavy rainfall around Southern and Western areas of the country resulted in a large number of those affected including the loss of lives, and much physical damage. According to the Government of Sri Lanka, as of May 31, 202 people died, 96 people have been missing, and about 630 thousands people have been affected.