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Misery Ongoing As Floodwaters Continue To Affect Millions In Sri Lanka

As fresh rounds of floodwaters hit Sri Lanka this month, Muslim Aid is working on the ground to provide immediate emergency relief to communities affected by the disaster.

In January this year, floodwaters struck Sri Lanka, displacing more than 325,000 and affecting over a million people in several districts. The new round of floodwaters have added extra hardship on communities as thousands more homes and livelihoods have been affected.

Muslim Aid Sri Lanka has distributed vital life-saving relief items; hygiene packs, food, water and purification tablets to essential items such as clothes and blankets to people in the worst affected areas of Batticaloa, Ampara, Trincomalee and Anuradhapura.

Muslim Aid is also carrying out  a ‘cash-for-work’ project for people whose livelihood has been severely affected due to the floods. The idea behind this project is to empower people by paying them cash to help in the clean-up operations. The hope is to continue with the relief activities and immediate future plans include a well cleaning project in the Batticaloa and Trincomalee districts.

A Spokesperson from Muslim Aid said: “More than 20,000 flood affected people have been helped through our relief operations. We hope to reach out to more people with emergency relief and find long-lasting solutions. Through collaborative efforts with partners on the ground, we have been able to effectively work together for a common goal; to help the people of Sri Lanka get back on their feet. We hope to reach out to more communities with immediate effect.” 

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