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 575,816 people (149,678 families) have been affected in 15 districts. As of 1200 hrs on May 30, 2017, DMC reports 188deaths and 99 missing. 74,754 people (19,068 families) have been housed at 383 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. Well-wishers living in the United States can 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”. Cheques and money orders can be addressed to Embassy of Sri Lanka, 3025 Whitehaven Street NW, Washington DC 20008. 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 through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Embassy of Sri Lanka

Washington DC 3

0 May 2017