Muslim Aid today launched a campaign to raise funds for the devastating floods sweeping through Australia, Sri Lanka and Brazil. Fierce flooding has engulfed entire towns and affected tens of thousands of residents in Queensland and Victoria in Australia, where floodwaters are up to 30ft high in some areas; while more than one million people have been affected by the floods and heavy mudslides in Sri Lanka.
In Brazil at least 500 people have been killed and 13,500 people have been left homeless after heavy rainfall triggered flooding and landslides destroying villages and towns north of Rio de Janeiro.
Launching the Floods Appeal, the Chairman of Muslim Aid Sir Iqbal Sacranie said: “Muslim Aid is a charity that responds to natural disasters anywhere in the world. In keeping with our mission of serving humanity, Muslim Aid has joined the national efforts of these countries to help the flood affected people.”
The funds raised will be sent to Muslim Aid partners on the ground in these countries that are helping with relief efforts by providing food, sleeping mats, hygiene kits and medical supplies. In Sri Lanka Muslim Aid's Field Office is already on the ground together with its partners helping with relief efforts.