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Sri Lanka Flood Emergency Appeal

Thu 01, Jun 2017


Donate Now to the Sri Lanka Floods Emergency AppealABM is responding to what has been described as the worst flooding in Sri Lanka in over 15 years caused by Tropical Cyclone Mora. Heavy rains and damaging winds displaced hundreds of people as the severe cyclonic storm continued to move through western Myanmar and Bangladesh earlier this week. 


The following article is from the Anglican Communion New Service (ACNS):

Churches mobilised as Sri Lanka floods death toll passes 200
31st May, 2017

Clergy in Sri Lanka have been urged to prepare their churches and church halls to provide refuge for people displaced by serious flooding in the country’s Southern and Sabaragamuwa regions. This morning (Wednesday) Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre said that 202 people had died as a result of the devastating floods and landslides caused by severe rains which have hit the country since Friday when Cyclone Mora hit the island.

China’s national news agency Xinhua reports that at least 83,200 people are seeking shelter in safe locations and many are unable to return to their homes due to fully damaged or partially damaged houses.

Residents of seven districts – Ratnapura, Kegalle, Galle, Kalutara, Matara, Hambantota, and Nuwara Eliya – have been served with evacuation notices. The UN, which is supporting relief efforts in the country, has urged residents to “follow evacuation orders to minimise loss of human life.”

In a statement, the UN said: “With the increasing number of displaced people and lack of space in safe locations, temporary shelter and ensuring access to health services is needed. Disease surveillance and vector control is also a priority with the risk of communicable diseases.”

They say that 16 hospitals in the country have been fully or partially evacuated as a result of the disaster.

The social responsibility co-ordinator for the Church of Ceylon’s Diocese of Colombo, Binnu Jeevarajan said that churches were providing meals and temporary shelter for those affected by the disaster.

“We appeal to the churches to pray for those affected by the rising waters and the floods in various parts of Sri Lanka,” he said. “Some of our churches and many of our parishioners have been affected along with many others from all communities.”

>> Read the full article here


ABM is aiming to raise $10,000 in support of the emergency relief effort.

Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka who have been affected by this disaster and for all who are providing support and emergency aid.

 

 

HOW TO DONATE

  • Send a cheque/money order made out to the Anglican Board of Mission to:
    Anglican Board of Mission – Australia
    Locked Bag Q4005
    Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230

(Please don’t forget to write down the Code LK001 and/or the campaign name Sri Lanka Flood Emergency Appeal and include it with your donation.)

  • Alternatively, you can phone 1300 302663, Sydney 02 9264 1021 or email us at info@abm.asn.au
  • Any funds raised in excess of the amount needed will be directed to ABM's Global Emergency Rapid Response Fund or ABM’s Global Disaster Risk Reduction Fund.
  • ABM advises that there are administrative expenses for receiving and receipting donations for its international appeals. Final costs can only be totalled after the appeal has concluded. However, in previous emergency appeals, ABM contained administrative costs to 10% or less of total funds received.

Gifts to ABM will be applied to the support of project(s) selected. In the unlikely event of the project being oversubscribed or not proceeding to completion, donations will be applied to a similar project to the one(s) selected.

 

 


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