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“Rainfall brought by the South West Monsoon triggered flooding and landslides in 15 Districts and affected over 630,000 people in Sri Lanka” – Rating ‘True and Correct’”

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“Rainfall brought by the South West Monsoon triggered flooding and landslides in 15 Districts and affected over 630,000 people in Sri Lanka”

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Over half a million people have been affected by flooding and landslides in central and southern Sri Lanka recently.

On 25 and 26 May, incessant heavy rainfall brought by the South West monsoon triggered flooding and landslides in 15 of the 25 districts of Sri Lanka. The damage is extensive. The Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) published report highlights that some 630,000 people have been heavily affected in Sri Lanka, including at least 150,000 are women and girls of reproductive age and over 189,000 children. The floods and landslides had further destroyed or damaged more than 9,000 houses and temporarily displaced 73,560 people to 354 locations.

To complement the ongoing Government-led response, the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) is requesting US $ 22.7 million or Rs. 3.5 billion to address the critical life-saving and protection needs of 374,000 people in seven districts from 1 June to 31 October 2017.

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