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Red Cross focuses on the 2nd phase of early recovery as longer term needs arise for Koslanda survivors

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01/11/2014 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) with support from International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) & the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is now focusing on assisting early recovery needs of the people affected by the Koslanda landslide.

Currently there’s a dire need to ensure that people staying with the temporary camps have better latrine facilities, garbage disposal systems, ensuring that they are protected from diseases including vector borne diseases which are usually seen soon after a major disaster.

As of now the Red Cross is erecting over 30 mobile latrines in both camps that has been set up by the Government and our volunteers are assisting in maintaining the camps under the guidance of the Military and other Government Officials.

Meanwhile yesterday the SLRCS Relief Teams in Koslanda handed over a stock of hand glouse and special sanitary bags for removal of human remains, to the Army Commander Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake, in case more dead bodies were to be found later on.

“We are currently looking at how we can assist these people soon after the hype drops down” says the President of Sri Lanka Red Cross Jagath Abeysinghe.

He further said that relief work will continue for as long as it takes and SLRCS ensures proper support to the people living in risk areas that are prone towards landslides.

Currently discussions are underway with IFRC in order to release funds from the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) that would also ensure financial support for the early recovery efforts by the Red Cross.

In the long run SLRCS hopes to provide hygiene promotion programmes within these temporary camps and also to ensure a programme that will aid the many children that has become orphans from this tragedy.

Meanwhile according to the Department of Meteorology more rain is forecast in the next 24 hours and the National Building Research Organization continues to raise its warnings to seven districts that are still under their landslide watch.