Appeal to public for helping flood victims; toll touches 13

SL govt appealed to the general public to assist over 850,000 flood victims.

Colombo: Facing acute shortage of
resources, Sri Lankan government on Tuesday appealed to the general
public to assist over 850,000 flood victims, even as 13 people
have been killed in the catastrophe.

Flood victims are in need of drinking water, mats, bed
sheets, clothing and milk food for children.

"The unexpected climatic change has made the people
displaced in thousands. Sri Lankan people are well known for
their generous help and hospitality in times of crises
situation so we appeal the people in other areas to assist
these affected people who are at displaced centres now.

This is the time we need the assistance of the people
to help victims," Minister of Health Maithripala Sirisena was
quoted as saying by the information department.

Continuous rain and bad weather conditions in many
parts of the country claimed at least 13 lives and affected
863,000 persons of 228,000 families, the disaster management
centre said in a statement.

127,000 persons have been located in 351 temporarily
set up camps where they are being supplied with relief.

Sri lanka army, navy and air force is assisting
provide relief service to flood victims and rescuing people in
flood and danger areas.

More than 5,600 houses were destroyed or damaged due
to torrential rain and strong winds,the DRC said.

Officials say 1,32,000 acres of paddy land have been
destroyed and around 170 small man made irrigation tanks in
eastern and north central province also destroyed.

Sri Lankan officials estimated the loss of recent
flooding situation in the country cost around 30 billion
rupees.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka has donated a consignment of
country`s trade mark tea as a relief assistance to flood hit
Australia, the external affairs ministry announced.

Minister G L Peris has handed over the donation to
acting Australian High commissioner to Sri lanka Sophia
Mclntyre yesterday.

"This donation was all the more appropriate since Sri
Lanka has been the beneficiary of the goodwill of Australia in
the past" the minister said.

The donation of tea is a symbolic manifestation of Sri
Lanka?s friendly and warm relations with the Government and
people of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Ministry of
External Affairs said.

The recent flash floods in the State of Queensland in
Australia caused immense damage to over 200,000 people.

PTI