Oxfam to Increase Its Emergency Relief Efforts in Sri lanka

May 23, 2016

Nearly 425,000 Sri Lankans were affected, and 240,000 remain displaced by floods, landslides, and torrential rains. Oxfam is increasing its relief efforts to help thousands who have been hit by the floods and landslides in Sri Lanka. Working through its partners in five districts of Sri Lanka: Colombo, Gampaha, Kegalle, Puttalam and Ratnapura. It has reached so far almost 7000 people with distributing hygiene kits and setting up temporary latrines.

There is more to do. Oxfam is setting up cash for work  schemes in the coming days. Thousands of families, who are dependent on agriculture and daily wage, will lose their crops and income for at least 3-4 weeks, and need assistance. Despite the continuous strong winds and heavy rains Oxfam is planning to reach 17,500 people.

Oxfam’s Sri Lanka Country Director reports that “People in landslide prone areas will have to stay in camps until their villages are safe. Some will have to be resettled. Children, women and the poor will face many challenges. We will work closely with the government to assist them.”


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