The United Nations yesterday announced that the organization and its partners are seeking $51 million to meet the urgent needs of more than one million people affected by recent monsoon floods in Sri Lanka.
The UN issued the appeal as its deputy emergency relief coordinator, Catherine Bragg, arrived in Sri Lanka for a three-day mission to meet the flood-affected and the authorities.
“This appeal seeks 51 million dollars to enable international partners to support the government in addressing the needs of more than one million flood-affected people over the next six months,” the UN said.
"I hope donors will respond rapidly to help the survivors of these devastating floods", UN Assistant Secretary Bragg said.
The UN Assistant Secretary will officially launch the flash appeal in Colombo today. The appeal will be revised within the next month to reflect needs as the situation evolves, the UN said.
The heavy rains and floods which have been linked to the La Niña weather phenomenon, a periodic cooling of the equatorial Pacific Ocean affected over one million people and resulted in 43 deaths. The Sri Lankan government has estimated the flood and landslides damage to be about US$ 500 million.
The UN World Meteorological Organization has said that the current floods in Sri Lanka might be considered to be “rather atypical of La Niña impacts and could be due to other regional factors – however a La Niña influence on the flooding should not be ruled out.”
In its latest humanitarian report released Tuesday (18), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the government and the UN assessment team have identified agriculture and livelihood, shelter, nutrition, sanitation, and education as main needs.