Aid project launched for Sri Lanka flood victims
11 Oct 2016 - 0:18
DOHA: Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF) has launched a campaign to provide urgent humanitarian aid to the people in Sri Lanka affected by widespread floods which hit the country in May.
Dozens of people were killed, hundreds of homes were destroyed and more than 375,000 people displaced due to the disaster.
This is the first campaign launched by any humanitarian organisation from Qatar for Sri Lanka. The initiative aims to provide 11,000 food baskets to the families affected by the floods in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. More than 6,000 people are expected to benefit from the project.
The floods have created a humanitarian crisis in the country. The affected people, especially those from poor neighbourhoods, were left without basic facilities. They need food, medicines and medical facilities to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and epidemics.
The project is being implemented by RAF in collaboration with a UK-based humanitarian organisation “Islamic Relief’, its partner in Sri Lanka. The food baskets distributed by RAF to the flood-affected people will be enough for a month for a family.
The baskets include rice, flour, meat, sugar, milk powder and dates.
The heavy downpour at some places in Sri Lanka caused floods and landslides.
The disaster forced 375,000 people to leave their homes. Thousands of people were stranded because of this natural calamity, the worst in 25 years.
According to the official figures issued by the local authority, some 200,000 people were displaced in Colombo alone.
At least 71 people died and 127 are missing. The rescue operations were carried out on a war footing to take the stranded people to safe places.
RAF will continue the campaign to provide humanitarian aid to the maximum number of flood-affected people.
Citizens and expatriates have been urged to contribute to reduce the suffering of victims.
The donors can call RAF on 55341818 to make contributions to provide humanitarian aid to the needy people worldwide.