United Nations appealed for more resources for srilanka due to floods

Vastavam web: The United Nations and its humanitarian partners today appealed for more resources for flood-hit Sri Lanka that last month witnessed the worst torrential rains since 2003 in which over 200 people were killed.Heavy rains had triggered floods and landslides in 15 out of Lanka’s 25 districts, sweeping away homes, clinics, schools, roads and water systems.Some 212 people were killed and another 79 still remain missing. Immediately after the disaster, UN agencies and relief partners responded with assistance in priority sectors identified by the government.
However, access to the most remote communities was cut- off due to destroyed roads and bridges.On top of this, damaged infrastructure, particularly related to water and hygiene, has increased the risk of waterborne diseases.According to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the Emergency Response Plan amounting to USD 22.7 million launched by the Humanitarian Country Team (UN as well as non-UN humanitarian actors in the country), focuses on providing immediate life-saving and protection assistance, emergency livelihood support, and access to basic services to people worst hit.
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) also reported that an allocation of USD 4 million was made by the UN Central Emergency Response Fund to assist rapid delivery of life-saving shelter, health and food assistance, as well as provide essential non-food items.The recent disasters hit Sri Lanka when the country was reeling under bad drought which had affected about a million people, leaving them vulnerable to food insecurity.