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Flood Relief Sri Lanka

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AS OF 23rd MAY 2016 Overview • Over 428,000 people in 22 districts have been adversely affected by floods, landslides and heavy rain. • 58 people are confirmed dead with 132 people still reported as missing in the Aranayake landslide. 28 people are reported as injured. • Currently 299,806 people are living in 611 welfare centres. • In Colombo district alone 181,708 people are affected by floods with 161,943 people displaced. • In Gampaha district, 122,232 people are affected by floods with 109,868 people displaced. • In a special announcement by the President on the 19th May 2016, he appreciated support thus far from the general public, private sector and non-government organizations in helping the flood victims. He further appealed to the 'friendly nations' to help Sri Lanka on housing, health and welfare needs through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had shared a list of relief items with the diplomatic missions in-country, requesting their support • The Department of Irrigation has announced that it would take several days for floods to recede in the low lying areas by the Kelani River.* *The Kelani River is overflowing due to heavy rain during the past week in the catchment areas upstream, causing major floods in the downstream. By the evening of the 20th May, the water level gauge of the Kelani River at Nagalagam Station had reached its maximum degree. Several major reservoirs are over-spilling and the spill gates are open to full length to avoid dam breach - however, this has caused severe flooding further downstream. The hydropower dams along the Mahaweli River had also reached their maximum water retaining capacity levels (Victoria and Randenigala). • NBRO landslide warnings for 9 districts still remain valid and people have been evacuated to safe places in many high-risk areas. • The Tri Forces are fully engaged in search, rescue and evacuation missions as well as distributing relief items to those people still trapped in-flood (such as the upper floors of their houses, etc). • Sri Lanka Army personnel are continuing to search and recover bodies of the 132 missing people in Aranayake landslide. • The Sri Lankan Government has so far declined the offer of international search and rescue support. Weather Forecast (Department of Meteorology forecasted issued on 20 May 2016 at 05.30am) The Cyclonic storm ‘ROANU’ in the Bay of Bengal is now located about 900km north of Kankasanturai. It is further moving away from the island. Strong windy conditions over the country and in the sea areas around the island will continue due to the meeting of wind feeding the system. There is a high possibility in sudden increase of rain in the South-western part of the country. If so, fairly heavy to very heavy rainfall (100mm-150mm) is also expected in some areas. Humanitarian Response The general public has come forward with massive donations to the flood victims organized by many media & private organizations around the island. There are some noteworthy emergency relief work being done to support those affected by the devastating floods in landslides in Sri Lanka to source clothes and dry rations. It is now estimated that 500,000 families had to flee their homes to save their lives during the devastating floods and landslides. A lot of these families have lost everything they own including every piece of ID, school books, a roof over their head and their means to earn a living. So as a former member of Leo Club of Colombo (Host), I wish to provide post-emergency support to those affected by the floods, specially school children. The funds will be directed towards getting their lives, especially those of children, back to normal as possible. If you are a Sri Lankan based overseas this is your call to arms to help your fellow countryman in their time of need. Our target is S$ 10,000 to support the work that is needed. We are aiming to hand over the first lot of funds to Leo Club of Colombo (Host) during mid-June and will keep you posted on progress. Many thanks! May good things come your way! http://colombohostsl.lionwap.org/ https://www.facebook.com/colombohostlions/ http://sadhana-sm.wix.com/leocolombohost

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