Mercy Relief, Singapore’s leading independent disaster relief agency, is en route to conduct relief distribution operations with ground partners in Sri Lanka, where monsoon rains have triggered floods and mudslides since Friday, 26 May.
In response to an appeal for international assistance made by the Sri Lankan government, Mercy Relief will deploy a disaster response team expected to arrive on Tuesday morning, 30 May. The team will be assessing and monitoring the varying needs of the communities affected. The first phase of relief distribution efforts will contain essentials such as food and hygiene items.
Mercy Relief’s Executive Director Zhang Tingjun said, “Our thoughts are with the communities affected by the floods in Sri Lanka. We are currently assessing the most critical needs in order to ensure a timely and effective response.”
According to reports from the Disaster Management Centre in Sri Lanka, 126 deaths have been recorded, with 97 more missing. More than 400,000 people remain displaced across 15 districts with 7 districts on high alert for landslides. As assessment of damage is still ongoing, the number is expected to rise.
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