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Update on Sri Lanka floods: Diocese of Colombo responds
6 June 2017
The Church of Ceylon is on the frontline of the response after severe flooding hit Sri Lanka last week. Over 200 people have been killed and over 600,000 people are now displaced by the widespread flooding and frequent mudslides. The Diocese of Colombo are working tirelessly to reach out to those affected, and mobilising volunteers to provide food, clothing and shelter.
In a recent update the diocese said, “Simply every single person is concerned and is getting together to help in some way or the other… All our churches and parish halls in the affected areas have been opened out for people to come in and they are looked after. In many places clergy have joined with other religious leaders in the affected areas to minister to the people together.”
“We are spreading all over the island and our clergy and laity [who] are themselves victims and survivors are working around the clock to rescue people trapped in their homes, to take food to those who have chosen to stay on the roof rather than leave and also those who have been marooned. Groups of volunteers have worked hard to bring into safe spaces those whose homes have been reduced to crumble in landslides or submerged in mud and water – and to feed, clothe and look after them.”