COLOMBO, 14 January 2011 – A second consignment of UNICEF supplies arrived in the flood-affected eastern part of Sri Lanka today.
These supplies are 4,961 hygiene kits (washing kits to last a family of five a month including towels, soap, toothpaste, washing powder), 10,000 plastic buckets, 15,000 sleeping mats, and 150 community cooking pots (150 litre capacity).
This second consignment of goods follows seven truck-loads of supplies sent by UNICEF to assist the one million people affected by the massive flooding. The first consignment comprised: 50 water tanks (1,000 litres each), water tablets able to purify two million litres of water, 7,000 tarpaulins, chlorine bleaching powder for equipment sterilising, 7,000 sleeping mats, 3,000 buckets, 30,000 bars of soap and cooking pots.
UNICEF’s consignments have been handed over to local government officials who are working with the Sri Lankan military in order to distribute badly-needed goods to the displaced. The Batticaloa and Ampara districts are particularly badly hit.
Government reports state 27 people have been killed, 47 injured and more than 367,000 displaced by the floods.
No rain fell yesterday (Thursday, January 13) but rain is falling again today (Friday, Jan14).
These consignments of UNICEF support are part of a wider Government and UN effort to support the affected communities. As most roads are impassable by vehicle, the Sri Lankan military is using boats to deliver much-needed aid. The UN is preparing to launch an emergency fund-raising appeal.
UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org
For more information, please contact:
Mervyn Fletcher, UNICEF Sri Lanka Communication Chief
Tel + 94 777236548,