Emergency Appeal: Sri Lanka Flooding
A food crisis looms for Sri Lanka following recent devastating floods. As many as 350,000 persons have had to flee to displacement camps, according to the London-based Guardian newspaper.
In Sri Lanka's Eastern Province, the worst-affected part of the country, damage to farms could leave some 1 million people, including 400,000, without adequate food, the Guardian quoted the NGO Save the Children.
At least 1 million persons have been affected in some way by the floods, and 40 people have died, according to a government report released this week.
Nearly a quarter of the nation's rice crop has been destroyed, according to government officials. The United Nations has launched a $51 million appeal for flood survivors.
The floods come as Sri Lanka is still trying to recover from the 2004 tsunami and a decades-long civil conflict.
CWS is supporting efforts of partner Christian Aid, which is responding in Sri Lanka. A report this week said: "Christian Aid partners continue to address the immediate needs of 5,901 families in communities in the affected districts of Trincomalee and Batticoloa by providing immediate relief assistance of food and non-food items."
Christian Aid hopes to assist an additional 1,000 families in this initial response, with both food and non-food aid.
This is an initial appeal; further details on the response will be provided in coming days.
How to help
Contributions to support the emergency response work of Church World Service may be made online or by phone (800.297.1516), or may be sent to your denomination or to Church World Service, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515.
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