Sri Lanka floods emergency response

7 Jan 2015   |   Sri Lanka   |   Emergency Relief

House affected by floodwaters

In Sri Lanka, torrential rains in late December 2014 have led to widespread damage across the country. More than 1 million people have been displaced, after their homes were damaged in the floods and associated landslides.

22 of the 25 districts in Sri Lanka have been devastated by floods, with the Eastern, Central, Uva, North Western and Northern Provinces of Sri Lanka most affected.

Many of the communities affected by the floods have experienced recurrent weather-related disasters over the past few years, including a recent prolonged drought. This has adversely impacted on their reserves to withstand this current disaster.

Our network partner Caritas Sri Lanka is providing immediate emergency assistance to over 14,500 families devastated by the floods. In co-ordination with local government authorities, the initial response is aimed at alleviating the most immediate basic needs of the families affected.

The emergency response, which is supported by Caritas Australia, will include providing food, drinking water and hygiene items to families displaced by the floods. Caritas Sri Lanka will also provide bed sheets, mats and clothing, which are particularly important in the current weather situation.

The response will especially focus on assisting people who are vulnerable in emergency situations, including female-headed households, children, the elderly and people living with a disability.

To support Caritas Australia's response to emergencies, such as the floods in Sri Lanka, please donate to the Emergency Response Fund »

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