Amity responds to the Sri Lanka floods

Amity staff and Chinese disaster relief and rescue organisations have arrived in Sri Lanka

More than 200 people have been killed and 600,000 are displaced after devastating flooding and mudslides hit Sri Lanka on 15 May 2017. The natural disaster is said to be the worst that hit the country in a decade, affecting 15 districts of the country. Almost 8,500 houses are reported to be destroyed or partially damaged on 30 May 2017.

On May 31, the Amity Foundation pledged to give 1 million RMB life-saving emergency aid to affected people of Sri Lanka. In that evening Amity sent a team of disaster relief officers to assess the relief work with local partners on the ground, especially with the National Christian Council of Sri Lanka. The Amity Foundation is member of the international Christian relief network ACT Alliance and the Disaster Relief Committee of the China Charity Federation.

The government of Sri Lanka and its Disaster Management Center are coordinating the current response. Large parts of the logistic infrastructure have been flooded and there is a lack of relief supplies. Responding to the most immediate needs of the communities a Humanitarian Country Team endorsed the international communities’ immediate response and identified sectors to support, including water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH), emergency shelter and non food items (NFIs) , health, food and nutrition, protection and education.

According to the United Nations office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs (OCHA), many wells and sources of drinking water have been damaged. The access to clean water, suitable sanitation facilities and hygiene support is needed.

The United Nations are worried about the fact that heavy rain and strong winds are forecast to continue in the coming days. It may worsen the current condition and the access to affected areas due to water inundation and landslides. There is the threat of outbreak of diseases. In particular dengue cases have been significantly increasing compared to annual data of the previous year.

If you want to support Amity's flood relief and support affected people in Sri Lanka please contact us and consider a donation.