"Have I not wept for the one whose life is hard? Was not my soul grieved for the needy? Job30:25
When the rains wreaked havoc with floods and landslides in Sri Lanka – the opportunity to use the comprehensive training on Disaster Risk Management undertaken over the past years came in useful. The Diocese through its Board of Social Responsibility (BSR) had a ‘Preparedness Plan for Responding to Disasters’. The BSR activated this Plan and initiated systematic and coordinated humanitarian assistance in the Regions. A Central Operation Team (COT) was brought together to plan, coordinate and monitor
Disaster Situation in Sri Lanka
The numbers still displaced have now reduced to about 61,000 persons in 250 emergency centres from over 300,000 at the height of the disaster. About 100 persons still remain missing. Two shiploads of relief sent by the government of India has arrived. Australia. China, Japan, Pakistan South Korea and the United States have also announced cash and relief assistance. A preliminary estimate of the cost of the damage put it around 1.5 billion US $. The government of Sri Lanka has announced that those living in areas designated as being under threat from earth slips will be resettled in safer locations.