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 is responding, and has distributed portable toilets for 100 families and provided essential household items from our contingency stocks. We are working to establish temporary toilets in the camps, provide purified drinking water and track water, and provide essential items.Oxfam teams are working in Killinochchi (Northern Province), Puttlam (North-Central Province) and Kegalle (Central Province). We are also starting work in Gamapaha in Western Province. In other areas, Oxfam is assessing the scale of the crisis and how best we can provide further help.
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