Thu 01, Jun 2017
ABM 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
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.”
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.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS APPEAL IS CLOSED. You may read the latest updates on ABM's emergency responses here.