Oxfam Assists Sri Lankans Hit by Deadly Floods and Landslides

Monday, May 29, 2017

Oxfam has mobilized assistance to the people hit by floods and landslides in Sri Lanka, and so far, 169 people have died, and over 500,000 are affected.

Flooding and mudslides in the Southern, Sabaragamuwa, and Western provinces of Sri Lanka were triggered by monsoon rains which are likely to continue until the 1st week of June.

Oxfam is deploying pre-positioned stocks of aid such as water tanks, portable latrines, tarpaulins, jerry cans, and hygiene packs to people in affected districts.  

“The Sri Lankan Government has appealed for urgent international assistance given the floods are the worst the country' has seen since 2003,” Bojan Kolundzija, Oxfam Country Director said.

“While the fears of more loss of life may now be easing, with continuing rain and the displacement of so many people in dire conditions, our main concern is getting urgent assistance to the people to meet their immediate needs and stop the spread of disease.”

The wettest time of the year in Sri Lanka is usually during the South-West monsoon, from May to September.

Oxfam is working closely with Disaster Management Centre and Emergency Operation Centre under the Ministry of Disaster Management.

Oxfam and partners are already on the ground supporting the people in the worst-affected areas such as Ratnapura and Matara.  With more rains anticipated and needs expected to rise, Oxfam and partners plan to expand the response.