Mercy Relief will be deploying a disaster response team to flood-hit Sri Lanka on Tuesday (May 30) to conduct relief distribution operations with ground partners in the country, the Singapore-based disaster relief agency said in a press release on Sunday.
PICTURED: A man stands on top of the debris of a house at a landslide site during a rescue mission in Athwelthota village, in Kalutara, Sri Lanka May 28, 2017.
Deployed in response to an appeal for worldwide assistance by the Sri Lankan government, the response team is expected to arrive on Tuesday morning.
The flooding is the worst since May 2003 when 250 people were killed and 10,000 homes destroyed after a similarly powerful monsoon, officials said.
Almost 500,000 people have been affected by the disaster, the worst since the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, and the downpours have displaced over 100,000 Sri Lankans. More than 400,000 people remain displaced across 15 districts with seven districts on high alert for landslides, Mercy Relief added.
People in Agalawatte, 46 miles from the capital Colombo, said they were losing hope of water levels falling soon.
Rescue efforts are under way but are hampered by lack of drinking water, lack of electricity and continued rain. Islamabad recently gave 10,000 tonnes of rice to Sri Lanka to help drought victims.
Sri Lanka tri-forces personnel including more than 1000 army troops are now engaged in the rescue and relief operations in coordination with the Disaster Management Centre (DMC), District and Divisional Secretariats, Police and other authorities in flood-affected areas.
"My entire village is cut off and nobody can come to this village", C.M. Chandrapla, 54, told Reuters over the phone from the tourist village of Neluwa.
Taking advantage of a lull in rain, soldiers cleared road access to most of the affected areas while others were reachable by boat, said Maj. "There are no supplies for the past two days".