Providing Relief Assistance to Flood Victims in Sri Lanka

May 28, 2017 at 10:36 pm

As you are aware, due to heavy rains in the past few days, several regions of Sri Lanka have been affected by massive floods and landslides, resulting in substantial loss of life and property and displacement.  The relevant government agencies and the security forces have been mobilized to assist those affected and provide relief to the victims.

According to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) around 438,295 people (112,565 families) have been affected in 15 districts. As of 1800hrs on May 28, 2017, DMC reports 151 deaths and 111 missing. 103,828 people (25,810 families) have been housed at 342 safe locations. Please visit http://www.dmc.gov.lk/index_english.htm for regular situation updates.

The people and the government of Sri Lanka appreciate the concern and support being expressed by Sri Lankan expatriates and the international community and their desire to assist Sri Lanka and the affected people at this difficult juncture.

In this context, the Ministry of Disaster Management has identified the following relief material necessary for the immediate relief for those affected:

Items

Quantity

Bed Sheets

8,300

Blanket

1,500

Folding Mattress

6,100

Generators

  75

Gum boots

  1,250

Life Jackets

500

Mats

         9,150

Mobile Toilets

100

Mosquito Nets

  3,200

Pillows

1,500

Rain Coats

     500

Tarpaulin

7,000

Tent

  5,000

Torch

1,750

Towels

  6,300

Umbrellas

500

Candle boxes

2,200

Match-Boxes

2,000

Flash lights

600

Soap

20,000

Sanitary kits (boxes)

8,000

Tooth paste

9,000

Tooth brush

9,000

Canned fish

10,000

Milk packets

7,500

Cooking pots (large)

      300

Water pumps

250

Plates

8,000

Diapers

5,000

School bags

   9,000

Water bottles (5L)

20,000

Material contributions from abroad should, at present, be limited to the list indicated above and if contributing such items, donors are kindly requested to bear the costs related to airfreight or shipment charges, including appropriate packing. The consignments should be addressed to the Secretary, Ministry of Disaster Management (Address: 120/2 Vidya Mawatha, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka).  

Alternatively, well-wishers living in the United States can also contribute to relief operations through the Embassy of Sri Lanka, Washington D.C. by making direct financial contributions.  The Embassy accepts cash, cheques or money orders drawn out in favour of the “Embassy of Sri Lanka”. All such contributions will be acknowledged by an official receipt by the Embassy as “Contributions to Flood Relief” and will be transmitted to the Disaster Relief Account (Bank of Ceylon Account No. 7040171) operated by the Ministry of Disaster Management.

Embassy of Sri Lanka
Washington DC

28 May 2017