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Over 90 dead as floods and landslides create havoc in Sri Lanka; the Red Cross responds: Update 3

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27/05/2017 – Various Locations in Sri Lanka: According to Government Statistics by 26th May 2017, 1900hrs, 91 people have lost their lives and 110 people are still missing from flash floods and landslides in 7 districts of Sri Lanka. Over half a million people are affected from the inclement weather conditions.

According to the Met Department this severe weather condition could continue for another couple of days.

Meanwhile the National Building Research Organization (NBRO) also extended their landslide watch in another 24hrs.

The Sri Lanka Red Cross volunteers and first responders have been providing the necessary support to the affected people in coordination with Government Authorities.


The SLRCS Colombo Branch responded to first aid requests and distributed relief items to people stranded in Jayawirugoda in Hanwella. Over 250 families were provided with NFRI items and safe drinking water. First Aid was also administered to people who were affected by floods in the area.


The SLRCS Kalutara branch has been providing ferry services to people stranded in Walalavita area. The branch took steps also to coordinate with Government Authorities and provided the necessary care and assistance in the coming days as well. In Kalutara over 12,000 people were affected while 38 people lost their lives from a landslide in the area. Many people are still missing.


The SLRCS Galle Branch after discussion with Government Agents in the area launched a boat service to rescue people stranded in the area. In Galle alone around 30,638 people were affected from flash floods.


The Matara Branch of Sri Lanka Red Cross responded to a request to provide food items to several families stranded in Malimbada and Thihagoda area. More coordination taking place with Government Authorities.


One of the worst affected districts, the Rathnapura SLRCS Branch deployed Branch Disaster Response Teams to Elapatha & Kalawana areas. Assesments are currently underway in Rathnapura in order to provide the needed relief and care. Over 4289 people are displaced and are housed at 38 temporary camps.