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Floods in Sri Lanka

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Last month, Sri Lanka experienced severe flooding in 22 of the country’s 25 districts. The hardest-hit area was the submerged district of Batticaloa, where 154 villages were affected and more than 30,000 people were displaced from their homes. At least 39 deaths have been reported.

According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), an estimated 1.1 million people were affected by floods, landslides and high winds. More than 6,400 houses were destroyed and 18,537 houses damaged. Currently, 30,654 people are living in 230 safety centers in 17 districts.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is supporting partner Association of Mobilizing Community Resources, with funds for emergency food aid for 3,800 families impacted by the flooding in Batticaloa District. 

UMCOR also is supporting partner Muslim Aid with both emergency food assistance and clean drinking water for 1,300 families impacted by the flooding. UMCOR funds also will allow for the cleaning and chlorinating of 300 wells, contaminated by the floodwaters.


See the entire UMCOR hotline.