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31 May 2017

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Torrential rains and mudslides have affected 629,704 people in 15 districts across Sri Lanka. LEADS is responding in three of the worst-hit districts

Villages and towns have been inundated, thousands of homes damaged and agriculture land swamped. Landslides and floods has left 203 dead and 96 persons missing according to reports from the Disaster Management Center (1 June 2017). They claimed the country faces the risk of more mudslides if torrential rains continue. The National Building Research Organization warned people in 7 out of 25 districts to evacuate from unstable slopes if rains continued.

Meanwhile several of the major rivers are filled to brim and over flowing. Even the reservoirs are overflowing and the water is been released causing further disasters in villages located downstream.

Around 101,638 people in four worst-affected districts have been relocated to temporary shelters. They are from Ratnapura, Matara, Kalutara and Galle districts. LEADS commenced immediate relief operations in Ratnapura and Matara districts. With support from our partner organizations plans are ahead to extend operations to Kalutara district as well.

In Ratnapura LEADS team with support from the DS offices and DMC has assisted people living in shelter with tarpaulin tents, sleeping mats, jerry-cans (for storing water) and drinking water supplies. A total of 2500 people have been reached so far in Kuruwita, Ehiliyagoda and Ratnapura DS divisions. In Haldolla, Balibathgoda of Ehiliyagoda DS and Madabaddara in Marapana DS LEADS team provided cooked meals for people in temporary shelter.

In Matara DS LEADS has reached 186 persons living in temporary with a 1000-liter water tank and 200 plastic buckets. With support from OXFAM a total of 500 persons will be given hygiene packs. This includes another shelter where nearly 300 people from Thudawa North and South are staying.

LEADS will soon commence a Child Safety programme in the above 3 district in partnership with UNICEFand several other INGOs. Through past experience we have found that children are most vulnerable during disaster situations. Currently LEADS is calling out for support of young volunteers to be trained and join these efforts.

Watch for frequent callouts on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LEADSmakingadifference/

Our work so far is reaching communities in Ratnapura, Matara and Kaluthara. These pictures tell the tale of people whose life belongings have got washed away or soaked.

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Beneficiary people carrying the distributed items into the shelter camps - Kuruwita DS, Ratnapura

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