WHO supports health emergency response to floods

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With severe flooding and landslides affecting over 500 000 people in Sri Lanka, the World Health Organization is supporting the Government to meet the urgent health needs of the affected persons.

Heavy rains and floods since 25 May have resulted in 206 deaths and displaced over ten thousand people. Ratnapura, Galle, Matara and Kalutara are among the worst affected districts. Health services, emergency shelter, sanitation and hygiene services have been identified as key emergency needs.

The World Health Organization Country Office for Sri Lanka is working closely with the Government to provide critical healthcare services and support the country’s early recovery and response efforts. The South East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund has been mobilized to support deployment of mobile medical teams; strengthen surveillance of communicable diseases; provide mental health and psychosocial support for survivors and strengthen health promotion activities.

WHO is leading the health response of the UN to the floods and is in close consultation with the Ministry of Health to ensure that medical assistance is provided in a rapid, coordinated and effective manner.

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