Severe flooding devastates Sri Lanka

More than 1.2 million people have been affected by flooding in Sri Lanka. The United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA) says at least 14 people have died in this second wave of flooding that began with monsoon rains in December.

floods in Sri Lanka

floods in Sri Lanka

Spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs says OCHA is concerned about the health risks of contaminated water and sanitation.

“There is a risk of acute respiratory infection and Dengue outbreak. While there are already several cases of vomiting fever which have been recorded. That’s why you know that in such conditions that the health situation has to be monitored very closely because of the situation of these poor people who are packed in evacuation centers and some in flooded areas.”

The floods have caused widespread destruction of rice paddies and other field crops.

The World Food Program (WFP) says it’s ramping up food distribution, but is concerned about having enough supplies.

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