Sri Lanka Floods – How You Can Help

18Jan11

Given the positive response to my post a year ago following the catastrophic Haiti earthquake and this post about the terrible flooding in Pakistan I thought I would write another post about how you can help the relief effort for those affected by the floods in Sri Lanka

Thousands have already died because of the flooding, but unless there is a rapid response to the emergency, many more people could die in the coming days. The flood waters will have contaminated drinking water and food will be scarce.

Torrential downpours in Sri Lanka continued last week, bursting rivers and reservoirs and destroying paddy fields. The average rainfall is around 30cm  in January, but last week’s deluges dropped some 72cm  in just four days in eastern Sri Lanka.

The United Nations said yesterday it would appeal for emergency aid for Sri Lanka, where 37 people have died, hundreds of thousands have lost their homes and vast rice fields that were ready to be harvested have been destroyed.

Bob McKerrow, the head of the International Red Cross’s Sri Lankan office, said an estimated 86,000 people had “lost everything” and were living in makeshift camps.

Jasmine Whitbread, Oxfam’s international director, said: “Thousands have already died because of the flooding, but unless there is a rapid response to the emergency, many more people could die in the coming days. The flood waters will have contaminated drinking water and food will be scarce.”

Unicef said that many of the dead were children. “At least one third are children as the beaches and the coastal areas are home to thousands of people living in makeshift huts and houses where children play and help their families,” an official said.

International aid is arriving in Pakistan but as usual the charities attempting to offer support need more money in order to provide clean water and medical supplies to those in need. Most of the big global charities are accepting donations specifically for Sri Lanka including:

Please consider making a donation to the aid efforts of these charities, is there a luxury you could do without? Can you spare £10 or $10? Iit could make a big difference to a family in need in Sri Lanka.

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