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Medical personnel rush to the South, to help drought victims
[September 8, 2001 - 9:30 GMT]

A team of around 100 Government doctors left for the drought stricken southern region of the country today, to help out in relief activities.

The Government Medical Officers' Association [GMOA] has responded to an SOS call made by the Hambantota District Medical Officer.

A rainless 22 months in Southern Sri Lanka have had a devastating effect on over 150,000 families. The worst affected area is the Hambantota District where approximately 105,000 families have been very badly affected.

Free one-day health clinics will be held in ten remote villages with the cooperation of the Sarvodaya Movement tomorrow.

Dr.Anuruddha Padeniya, the Secretary of the GMOA said that some private sector organisations too have stepped in to assist.

The Government is hopeful international and domestic donations will bring some relief to people in worst affected areas. Many foreign governments, international organisations, local and foreign individuals have responded to government's call for relief.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last Updated Date: September 8, 2001  - 9.30 GMT.