Save the Children estimates 150,000 children affected by floods and mudslides in Sri Lanka
Save the Children warns that as many as 150,000 children have been affected by floods and mudslides in Sri Lanka, which have so far claimed 37 lives.
The aid agency is expecting the death toll to rise as government agencies and NGOs continue to assess the damage and conduct rescue efforts following major flooding and two landslides in the centre of the country.
Thousands of families are being housed in evacuation centres in Colombo, Gampaha, Puttalum, Kegalle, Northern Province, Ratnapura and Kurunegala, as authorities work to deliver food and water to the affected areas.
Save the Children’s spokesperson in Sri Lanka Madhubhashini Rathnayake said up to 83,000 families in urban and rural areas have been affected, including an estimated 150,000 children, 35,000 of whom are under five years of age.
“Agencies are now urgently trying to get food, water and sanitary items where they are needed most, however, this is proving difficult in those parts of the country that have been cut off by landslides, leaving people trapped,” she said.
“Save the Children is supporting government agencies in child protection and education work around the disaster, and is now conducting a thorough assessment to determine how we can best assist in the relief efforts in the coming days and weeks.”