US Military advance planning teams arrive in Colombo

[TamilNet, Thursday, 30 December 2004, 12:08 GMT]
Advance teams for the US Military's disaster relief response arrived in Colombo Thursday to begin assessment efforts and plan humanitarian aid operations to Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

According to a statement from the US Embassy, the Disaster Response Assessment Team (DRAT), Commanded by Colonel Thomas Collins, will work closely with the Government of Sri Lanka and the Government of Maldives to begin to determine the most immediate relief needs and start planning the US Department of Defense's (DoD) relief efforts in coordination with the US Embassy in Colombo.

"The 30-person team is comprised of U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy personnel," the statement said.

 

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