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USAID to provide assistance for response efforts to X-Press Pearl fire

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is to provide $100,000 in immediate assistance to support response efforts to the MV X-Press Pearl cargo ship fire, USAID stated in a press release yesterday (10).

The cargo ship, MV X-Press Pearl, which began sinking on June 2, discharged plastic debris and chemical waste into the surrounding waters near the capital city of Colombo, endangering coastal resources and the livelihoods of nearby fishing communities.

With this funding, USAID is providing this assistance to the World Food Programme to deliver immediate support to families whose livelihoods were affected by this emergency and expand ongoing support for response coordination and management.

USAID stated that it will continue to work with partners on the ground to support immediate relief efforts.

USAID has a long-standing partnership with Sri Lanka including to strengthen its disaster management and emergency response capabilities.