The recent flood that ravaged the Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu Districts in Northern Sri Lanka was a devastating event that destroyed the livelihoods of a multitude of communities in the area. The floods caused by torrential monsoon rains left thousands of people homeless and vulnerable.
Despite these unfortunate events, the Kaluthara Branch of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) was able to promptly respond to the distress signal, by sending financial aid to both the affected districts. Furthermore, the Colombo Branch of SLRCS then moved on to provide ample supplies of drinking water to both districts as well. Along with this, the Jaffna, Trincomalee and Vavuniya Branches joined hands with the Southern Branches and promptly took necessary action in aiding the affected districts.
In addition, Junior Red Cross (JRC) members attached to the Matale Branch launched a campaign to collect school supplies and drinking water from their respective school to support the flood affected school children as well.
The collected stationery and other essentials worth over Rs. 200,000 was handed over to the Wattakachchi Maha Vidyalaya, in Kilinochchi last Sunday. (13th January)
Moreover, the Kilinochchi Branch’s Youth Wing was also able to conduct a timely cleaning campaign at the Wattakachchi Hospital which was also affected by the floods. It was incredibly fortunate, to all those in the immediate area, that this cleaning programme was executed, as without it, there would have been an immense struggle when healing the host of people harmed by the floods.
Sri Lanka Red Cross volunteers and our branch network throughout the country, were able to work cohesively and support the flood victims to the best of their ability, when they faced adversity.