Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Govt. appeals for public assistance to help flood victims

The Government has appealed to the general public to assist over 800,000 flood victims as they are in need of drinking water, mats, bed sheets, other clothing and milk food for children.

"The unexpected climatic change has made the people displaced in thousands. Sri Lankan people are well known for their generous help and hospitality in times of crises situation so we appeal the people in other areas to assist these affected people who are at displaced centres now. This is the time we need the assistance of the people to help victims" said Minister of Health Maithripala Sirisena

Heavy rains experienced in the last few day has made havoc mainly in Sri Lanka's eastern North central and central regions affecting more than 820,000 belonging to 219,317 families. The Disaster Management Centre last night announced that 832,447 people have been affected by floods caused by torrential rains with strong winds in several districts in the country.

Batticaloa, Ampara, Trincomalee, Polonnaruwa, Nuwara Eliya, Moneragala, Kandy, Badulla, and Kegalle Districts were affected by floods. Sri Lanka Army deployed over 1500 of its troops while the Sri Lanka Navy dispatched boats to rescue people who were marooned by floods. Airforce helicopters rescued people marooned by the flood in Ampara district yesterday

According to agricultural authorities over 132000 acres of paddy land have been destroyed and the government has decided to give paddy seeds for re-cultivation of these lands once the floods recedes. Further around 170 small irrigation tanks in Batticaloa, Polonnaruwa, Ampara and Anuradhapura districts have been destroyed while 172 were partly destroyed.