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23 May 2016

Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives, Singapore (CHARIS), the overseas humanitarian arm of the Church in Singapore, has pledged an initial SGD 20,000 in grant aid to Caritas Sri Lanka in response to the recent flooding disaster. The funds will be used to aid ground relief efforts – providing food, clean drinking water, hygiene kits and other necessary support for those affected by the catastrophe.

The Aranayake Landslide

A landslide in Aranayake, caused by persistent rainfall. Photo from: Caritas Sri Lanka.


Heavy inter-monsoon rains have devastated several parts of Sri Lanka since May 16. The death toll from the floods and landslides has risen to 92 with many still missing. According to the government’s initial assessments at least 4,000 houses are reported to be damaged and more than 319,000 people have been displaced from their homes with immediate need for secure shelter, food and water.


Caritas Sri Lanka has launched an Emergency Appeal through Caritas’ international network requesting for resources to support their rapid response to cover affected areas in the Diocese of Kurunegala, Ratnapura, Kandy, Colombo, Chilaw, Anuradhapura and Jaffna. Caritas Sri Lanka together with the local churches in these Dioceses aim to reach out to at least 26,460 people. CHARIS will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates on the response from its Caritas counterparts.


For more detailed reports on the disaster, visit http://charis-singapore.org/web/index.php/our-work/disaster-response/disaster-relief-2016/350-sri-lanka-floods

If you wish to donate towards these relief efforts and other humanitarian situations, call 6337 4119 or email info@charis-singapore.org

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