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Oxfam in Sri Lanka

A female farmer harvests chillies. Oxfam works to empower women to help them find sustainable ways of making a living. Photo: Abir Abdullah

Sri Lanka floods and landslides

More than 300,000 people have been forced to leave their homes and seek shelter in temporary locations such as schools and other buildings after floods, landslides, and torrential rains in Sri Lanka. It is likely to be up to seven days before they can return home. Nearly 420,000 people are believed to be affected by the crisis, as of 19 May, according to the Disaster Management Center, 41 people are reported dead and dozens are more missing.

Low lying lands along the rivers of Kelani, Kalu, Mahaweli, Deduru Oya, Yan Oya, Maha Oya, Gin and Attanagalu Oya are amongst the worst affected.

Oxfam has already reached more than 10,000 people. 

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Oxfam's ongoing work in Sri Lanka

Reconstruction and rehabilitation are high on the agenda in Sri Lanka, following the end of a civil war that spanned two decades. 2011 saw torrential rain and heavy winds wipe out thousands of homes and livelihoods.

As well as helping people rebuild their lives in after conflicts, Oxfam works with local organisations to build wells and provide sanitation facilities for villages affected by natural disasters.

Plus, since more than 60% of Sri Lankan women suffer domestic violence, we also ensure that women's rights are upheld. Our 'We Can' campaign aims to break down social attitudes and customs that support violence against women. 

Full details of what Oxfam is doing in Sri Lanka (PDF, 261KB)

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In 2015-16 Oxfam helped:

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Make a donation to our emergency fund so we can be there fast every time disaster hits.

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