President sends condolences to his Lebanese counterpart
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, sending a message of solidarity and condolences to Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun, expressed fraternal solidarity with the Lebanese Government following the explosion in Beirut which claimed many lives, injured others, and caused considerable damage to property.
‘Sri Lanka stands together in grief with you, the families of the victims, the injured and the people and wish the injured a speedy recovery,’ the message sent on 5 August further read.
Meanwhile, as of yesterday (6) noon, the number of injured Sri Lankans in the 4 August explosions in Beirut has increased to 10.
The total number injured has exceeded 5,000. The death toll has increased to 137 and information on the number of missing persons is presently unavailable. Lebanon has declared a state of national mourning for three days while the Supreme Defence Council declared Beirut a disaster city. A state of emergency has been declared for a period of two weeks from 4 August. Lebanon is in lockdown status until 10 August.
‘Damages to the Chancery and residences of the Sri Lankan Embassy officials are being repaired while the Embassy continues to remain open for queries and serve the public between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily. The distribution of the dry ration programme is continuing and large numbers are requesting for dry rations. The Ambassador continues to have a close dialogue with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon Peace Keepers and is also in close contact with Lebanese authorities to receive detailed information.