ucanews.com reporter, BatticaloaUpdated: November 29, -0001 04:34 PM GMT
Lack of aid has affected more than 300,000 people in Sri Lanka as they continue to suffer because of heavy rains and flooding in northern and eastern parts of the country. “Almost 80 percent of the people in this parish of Kalmunai are affected. The Velankanni Church is still under water. There has to be some systematic approach to assist these people,” said Father Jude Johnson, the parish priest in Batticaloa district. Floods inundated hundreds of villages and irrigation tanks as Mahaveli river, the country’s largest, burst its banks. According to state reports, 635 houses were destroyed while 2,498 were damaged. The displaced people are sheltered in seven camps. Flooding that began because of torrential rains in mid-December has affected 362,873 people in the region, many of whom are still waiting for assistance. Good Shepherd nun Sister Ranjani, a teacher at Vanni Vidyalayam school in Valachchenai, said children cannot go to school because many areas are still under water.
|Flooding has caused widespread damage|