Emergency Flood Relief in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka has recently suffered the biggest flood and landslide disaster in 14 years,
resulting in an estimated 200 deaths, 100 missing, and 500,000 refugees. Relief
organization around the world are extending emergency relief efforts in the
country. JTS Director Jina Park was dispatched urgently to Sri Lanka on May 31 st to
assess the extent of the damages and support needed.
The streets are filled with flooded houseware that can no longer be used.
There were villages that were entirely submerged under water and thousands of
houses that were completely destroyed. Houses in poor neighborhoods suffered
severe damages, and they are hard to repair due to their weak structure.
Currently the flood water has receded, but submerged roads have been damaged
and some flooded rice fields look like rivers. Damage assessment is being delayed
because traveling is still restricted due to roads that have been damaged and
blocked by landslides.
Currently JTS activists are engaged in emergency flood relief work in Sri Lanka.
Also, JTS Korea Ansan Multicultural Center has delivered 10 boxes of summer
clothes and 5 boxes of blankets to a temple in Sri Lanka.