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Red Cross respond as monsoon floods and landslides wreak havoc in Sri Lanka: Update 5

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29/05/2017 – Various Locations in Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society and its branches in seven districts continues to assist people affected by floods and landslides since torrential rains brought in much deluge.

The SLRCS volunteers and first responders have been providing the necessary support to the affected people in coordination with Branch Disaster Response Teams in Rathnapura, Kalutara, Matara, Galle and Colombo have been deployed to assist people who are stranded by flood waters and to provide essential relief.

In one of the worst affected districts, the SLRCS Rathnapura Branch deployed its disaster response teams to Elapatha and Kalawana areas. Assessments are currently underway in Rathnapura in order to provide the needed relief and care. Over 33,248 people are displaced and are housed at 134 temporary camps.

The Colombo Branch responded to first aid requests and distributed relief items to people stranded in Jayawirugoda in Hanwella. Over 500 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.

In Gampaha first aid volunteers held a medical camp in Dompe to assist and treat people who were affected by the floods.

The Kalutara Branch has been providing ferry services to people stranded in Walalavita area and provided safe drinking water and other food items to people. The branch is coordinating closely with local authorities and will provide the necessary care and assistance in the coming days as well. In Kalutara over 100,972 people were affected while 47 people lost their lives from a landslide in the area, with many people still missing.

The Galle branch launched a boat service to rescue people stranded in the area. In Galle alone around 114,161 people were affected from flash floods.

The Matara Branch responded to a request to provide food items to several families stranded in Malimbada and Thihagoda area.

Branch volunteers continue to assess the situation and are sharing information with national headquarters on needs and damages, and on relief activities realized so far. The national headquarters has dispatched some non- food relief items from its stock to branches and is coordinating a plan of action for immediate response.

According to the Sri Lanka Meteorological Department further heavy rains and strong rains are forecast for the week ahead which threaten to worsen the situation on the ground, restricting access to many areas due to flooding and landslides.