'Half a million flee homes' as Sri Lanka grapples with deadly floods, landslides
PHOTO: Sri Lankan residents walk through floodwaters in Kaduwela, Colombo. (Lakruwan Wanniarachchi: AFP
Sri Lanka seeks 'help for victims'
While we can help we should.
I would like to put a special request out for a country that is special to me - Sri Lanka
Sarvodaya is a very good Sri Lankan-based organisation that is doing excellent work
Sarvodaya Sri Lanka Flood and Landslide Relief
What Can We Do?
The torrential rains after months of drought has resulted in severe floods in May of 2016 in almost 19 administrative districts in Sri Lanka, hampering the lives of hundreds of thousands. The worst scenario had been the landslides in the mountain regions where still many lives are unaccounted for.
Sarvodaya USA's experience with the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka and the 2015 Nepal earthquake has taught us that working with grassroots organizations can make a critical difference. The best use of your donation is through people familiar with local needs and resources.
That's why Sarvodaya USA is accepting donations for our sister organization in Sri Lanka, founded by Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne of the Sarvodaya Shramadana movement of Sri Lanka. Sarvodaya staff and societies around the country have dedicated their energy to address challenges and disasters over 50 years of history in Sri Lanka.
Immediately Mobilizing Relief from 20 District Centers
Sarvodaya, in partnership with the Voice of Asia Media Network (Siyatha TV and Siyatha FM) has taken immediate steps to provide relief to the affected people. Twenty Sarvodaya District Centers are designated for collection of relief items including water bottles, milk powder, dry rations, and sanitary items, and the first arrivals are expected by early morning of Thursday the 19th May.
The efforts to dispatch the first truck load of potable water to Pahathgama in Hanwella failed this evening due to inaccessibility of the site via road. The transitional site has to be reached with 1 kilo meter boat ride after the last point on ground.
Sarvodaya, along with the Voice of Asia Media Network, appeal the Sri Lankan and International friends to join with them at this difficult times of floods 2016.
Providing relief --food, water, medical treatment and shelter -- is extremely challenging. Effective long-term reconstruction and support will require a competent, thoughtful approach.
Please donate now to help community-led relief and recovery efforts. Every dollar helps Sri Lankans rebuild Sri Lankan. Your support goes directly towards families and communities affected by this tragedy.