On January 10, 2011, the eastern coast of Sri Lanka was hit by the worst floods in over 50 years. Heavy rains led to severe flooding in several communities with lagoon waters. Roads were washed out and numerous villages were forced to evacuate.
Torrential rains, have caused aid workers to scramble to help more than a million people in Sri Lanka suffering from massive flooding. The government describe this as the worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami.
The Sri Lankan government and United Nations agencies were beefing up efforts to address increasingly dire humanitarian needs.
The latest information received from official disaster management sources state that 232,571 people have been displaced and 144 welfare centres have been set up. Local government officials have appealed to NGO’s and community organizations to support emergency and subsequent relief work.
Our partner, Church of the American Ceylon Mission has been reaching out to the affected people. They are providing emergency support and relief supplies to families as they return to their homes.
How You Can Help
1. Pray for the people of Sri Lanka, their leaders, and all emergency response workers.
2. To assist people impacted by this disaster, please
make a gift payable to your congregation marked for "Sri Lanka Flood Relief” with the request they be sent through your Conference
office on to Wider Church Ministries.
Send gifts, made out to Wider Church Ministries and marked in the
memo portion "Sri Lanka Flood Relief” to Wider Church
Ministries; 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115.