Always leading for Hospitality … ISB was the first Sri Lankan organization including a few other international agencies to step in to the soil of Myanmar to support the tragic Cyclone Nargis affected community. Cyclone Nargis was a strong tropical cyclone that caused the worst natural disaster in the recorded history of Myanmar. The cyclone made landfall in the country on May 2, 2008, causing catastrophic destruction and at least 138,000 fatalities. The Laputta Township alone was reported to have 80,000 dead, with about 10,000 more deaths in Bogale. ISB carried three ST1 water purification plants which were donated by ITI Industries of USA (www.stella-meta.com) during the Tsunami affected period to Laputta, the major affected city in May 2008. ISB provided consultation services for installation and operational activities on ST1 plants in Myanmar for almost three consecutive months and two ISB officers took part in this mission on fulltime basis. ISB was able to serve drinking water for more than 5,000 Burmese in the Laputta area.
Immediate Measure … ISB distributed relief goods worth nearly Rs. 50,500,000 (medicine, food items, kitchen items, children goods, cloths, etc.) in Hambantota & Tangalle area. This was done within a week after the Tsunami devastation. Also the staff of ISB consisting over 30 members assisted to clean the debris at Tangalle harbour.
Safe Drinking Water… ISB deployed 56 units of water purification units including 10 desalination units and 53 chlorinators for the disinfection of fresh water worth over USD 2.85 Million (Rs. 250 million) was donated by ITI Industries of USA (www.stella-meta.com) in Tsunami affected areas island wide. The project was promoted by United State Asia Environmental Partnership (USAID/USAEP) with the financial assistance from M/s mercy Corps-USA, and ESP-USA to meet local expenses of deployment. This served more than 500,000 people each day.
Rewards and appreciation …US ex-Presidents – Mr. Bill Clinton and Mr. George H W Bush visited one of the water purification sites implemented by ISB at Koggala during their visit to Sir Lanka in March 2005.