USAID pledges $60 mln of funding for crisis- hit Sri Lanka

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The chief of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) on Sunday announced a $60 mln aid package for Sri Lanka.

USAID head Samantha Power said it would provide $40 mln for fertilizer imports and $20 mln for humanitarian needs to tackle the country’s deep financial crisis.

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Power, who is visiting Sri Lanka, added: “I have come to convey that the United States stands with you during this unparalleled crisis.”

Sri Lanka is facing acute shortages of essentials including food, fuel and medicines due to a lack of foreign currency needed to pay for imports.

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