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Assistance to Flood Affected – LKA131
Preliminary Appeal Target: US$163,204
Geneva, 13 February 2013
Heavy rains have been falling in parts of Sri Lanka since 18 December 2012, causing flash floods, land-slides and overflowing of water storage tanks. Many of the areas affected by these storms were still recovering from previous heavy rains last year.
The torrential rains and subsequent floods caused substantial damage and severely disturbed the normal everyday activities of the affected populations. Transport and communication services came to a standstill, schools were closed, over seventy five small and medium water tanks (reservoirs) were either damaged, destroyed or washed away. There were several incidents of land and rock slides reported in Nuwara-eliya and Badulla Districts. Livestock and livelihoods of people were severely affected with standing crops either being seriously damaged or totally destroyed. It is also reported that most of the mud houses were destroyed while other houses remain uninhabitable.
The impact from both the December and January flooding has taken a heavy toll on the flood affected population. According to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) situation report as at 16 January 2013, 497,205 people from 135,283 families had been affected country-wide by the bad weather conditions. Nearly 3,718 people had sought shelter in 42 temporary camps (schools, churches and public buildings), while the rest opted to remain in nearby homes of family and friends. 47 people lost their lives due to the flood waters. Damage to housing was more acute in the second round of floods in January due to the intensive pressure of waters released from already-full reservoirs.
The flood situation remains grim with rains continuing in most parts of the country. Ampara and Batticaloa District have been especially hard hit. As per the DMC on 28 January over 405,000 persons from 110, 000 families, in eastern Sri Lanka alone, are now affected by the flood situation. ACT member, the National Christian Council of Sri Lanka, along with its implementing partners, proposes to assist 250 severely affected, resource poor families who remain without basic household utensils to regain self sufficiency. This will be done through provision of non-food items (cooking utensils, bedding, education packs for students); livelihood recovery through provision of seeds, livestock and training as well as facilitating awareness of the environment and its importance in disaster risk reduction.
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