Floods in Sri Lanka – Update as of June 1st

Date: 01 June 2017

Flood in Sri Lanka

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

First, I would like to thank everyone who remembered our flood affected people in your prayers and who supported us financially.

The flood situation in Sri Lanka is still serious and the number of deaths and affected people are still increasing.

As per the latest update from the Sri Lanka Disaster Management Center, updated at noon today, the number of deaths increased to 208, number of affected individuals increased to 631,346 and the total number of houses fully damaged increased to 1,508 & partly damaged houses increased to 7,617.

The YMCAs in Sri Lanka started immediately to act on this situation and the support reached more than 5,000 individuals in Kalutara, Galle and Ratnapura districts.

Even though no member YMCAs got directly affected by the flood,  however the  YMCAs of Galle and Matara had to face a situation that they could not access outside.

Presently some of the local YMCAs are coordinating with the National YMCA on emergency relief by distributing cooked food, water, clothes, undergarments for ladies and kids, basic medicines, dry ration packs, etc.
We as Sri Lanka YMCA appreciate World Alliance of YMCAs, APAY and US YMCA for their immediate financial support to enhance our involvement in this disaster situation, and we are expecting to receive more support from the YMCA global family since this flood situation has become more serious and the need is still huge.

Thank you,
With best regards,

Theonis C. Brownson
National General Secretary/CEO
The National Council of the YMCAs of Sri Lanka

31 May 2017

We have heard from our National YMCA in Sri Lanka: “Around 545,283 people belonging to 142,811 families were affected in 15 Districts due to the flood situation. 183 deaths and 103 missing reported.”

Secretary General, Johan Vilhelm Eltvik, said to our friends in Sri Lanka “We see with sadness and solidarity that Sri Lanka again has to face severe flood situations affecting many people in the worst possible way.

We are praying for you and your people and we shall send our first support to emergency needs where the YMCA can contribute positively. Please keep us updated and we shall share the reports with the YMCA family around the world.”