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UNICEF responding to Sri Lanka Flood Emergency

An estimated 604,700 people, 30% of which are children, are currently affected by severe flooding and landslides in Sri Lanka caused by adverse weather conditions. Over 194 people have lost their lives and 99 are missing. Over 83,200 displaced individuals are currently being sheltered in 376 safe locations/centers. 15 of out of 25 districts in the country have been affected.





UNICEF is responding immediately, delivering over 1,260 jerry cans (10 liter) and 1,000 tarpaulins to the Ministry of Disaster Management in Colombo on 29th May 2017, for distribution to families and communities in affected regions. A further 100,000 Water Purification Tablets will be provided to affected children and families in coming days.



UNICEF estimates the immediate funding needs to respond to the emergency to be $2,836,000. UNICEF has launched a text-to-donate funding appeal, to enable members of the public to support relief efforts. Text UNICEF<space>300 to 77100 to donate 300 LKR*

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Related links

Situation report : Sri Lanka flood and landslide 2017

Sri Lanka Floods 2017“I hope this never happens again to anybody“


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