In December, more than 447,095 people were affected in 21 Districts due to severe weather conditions with floods and landslides in many parts of the island.
Many of those who were displaced due to the inclement weather have returned to their homes. However, some are still dependent on the assistance given to them, as life is slowly getting back in order.
Muslim Aid Sri Lanka (MASL) took immediate action to assist those affected and was on the ground taking measures to initially distribute 1,000 packs of dry rations and purified water in the Batticaloa District, immediately following the worst rains.
MASL is also planning on distributing 500 packs of non-food items (bed sheets, mosquito nets, towels, buckets, cups, soap, tooth brushes, toothpaste and sanitary napkins) in partnership with Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), in the same District.
Subsequently, on 24 December, MASL distributed cooked meals for 500 affected persons in the Trincomalee District.
This was followed by the distribution of 513 dry ration packs, in Eravur DS Division on 27 December to the affected families from Eravur 1, Meerakeni, Iyenkeni and Aarumuhathankudirupu.
On 28 December, MASL headed to Puttlam where dinner packs were distributed to 264 flood victims in Eluwankulam while 155 dry rations packs were distributed to flood victims in Habbagama, Yanoya, Ratmale, Maradankadawala, Divulkada, Parangiyawadi and Kahatagasdigilliya in the Anuradhapura District on 31 December. Meanwhile, MASL entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ADRA on 26 December, to provide general emergency support throughout the island.
MASL, through its partners in the regions, will continue to assist all communities in keeping with its motto to ‘serve humanity’.