Sri Lanka Floods and Landslides
Sri Lanka’s development has been disrupted by almost three decades of civil war, the effects of which are still being felt, and by natural disasters, most recently the severe floods and landslides in May 2017.
Your donation to the Asia Emergency Appeal will enable Caritas Australia to provide immediate assistance to communities affected including the provision of food and water, health care and shelter, as well as long-term reconstruction.
Caritas' response to floods
Caritas Australia has provided support to people affected by severe flooding, including:
- Food and safe drinking water
- Sanitary facilities
- Cooking utensils and supplies
- Water cans
- Mosquito coils and mats.
Caritas' response to conflict
Caritas Australia has been providing support to thousands of people who were displaced by internal conflict, including:
- Housing reconstruction support for internally displaced persons
- Supporting those who were internally displaced to develop sustainable livelihoods as they settle back into communities.
The 1983-2009 civil war between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) killed between 60,000 and 100,000 people, many of them civilians, and displaced 500,000 more. While the battle in the north of Sri Lanka has ceased, those affected, especially those who were displaced, still need support to rebuild their lives and communities.
The 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami had already severely affected the development of Sri Lanka. 38,000 Sri Lankans were killed, hundreds of thousands made homeless and industries such as fishing, tourism, banking and transport were decimated.
In 2011, monsoons caused flooding across much of the countries north-east, affecting approximately one million people. In 2017, severe floods and landslides have affected over half a million people.
How you can help
Your donation will help Caritas Australia provide short and long-term programs for vulnerable communities in Sri Lanka. Donations $2 and over are tax deductible. Donate now.
Please note: Caritas Australia ensures that least 92 percent of money raised through an emergency appeal goes directly to the emergency program response.