Published: 15:00 GMT Standard Time - Friday 14 January 2011
Barnabas helps Christian flood victims in Sri Lanka
Country/Region: Sri Lanka, South and East Asia
Sri Lanka has been hit by relentless rain since 26 December, causing streams and dams to overflow, flooding houses with up to six feet of water. More than 367,000 people have been displaced and at least 27 have lost their lives. The worst affected areas lie in the eastern and central parts of the Indian Ocean island.
Barnabas Aid has sent almost £10,000 to help with immediate relief needs. One of our partner organisations is caring for over 105,000 affected people, most of whom are Christians, at 185 welfare centres set up by local churches in Batticaloa District. They are providing cooked meals and nutritional packs of food and milk powder for infants.
Another partner Church organisation initially helped over 2,500 families at 11 response locations with cooked meals and dry ration packs, which will provide for four people for a week.Through local church groups they have also distributed food to over 3,000 families who have been displaced from their homes to schools and churches. And a relief supply centre has been set up in Ampara district, where church members and theological college students are preparing relief packs, which are being delivered by specially equipped trucks to the worst-hit areas.
|Barnabas Aid partners hand out aid
to flood victims in Sri Lanka
It costs around £11.50 (US$18; €13.50; AUS$18.50; NZ$24) to feed a family of five to six people for a week. This provides a pack including pulses, rice, dhal, flour, tea, dried milk, salt, sugar and matches.
The latest disaster comes just eight months after Sri Lanka was deluged by unseasonal monsoon rains, which flooded parts of the west and south-west in May 2010. Barnabas Aid sent aid to help affected Christians.
As devastating flooding hits other parts of the world, and further disasters are predicted, Barnabas Aid is on red alert to provide aid to other Christians in need.
More than 500 people have been killed as floodwaters and landslides ravage Brazil, where over 13,500 people have been left homeless by the country’s worst natural disaster for decades.
The flooding that has been surging through Queensland, Australia, since last month – swamping at least 30,000 properties in Brisbane – is heading south towards New South Wales, threatening more towns. And meteorologists have warned of the threat of further cyclones.
Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Aid, said:
We must support our suffering brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka – and other devastated parts of the world – with both practical aid and prayer. Please do all you can to help.
If you prefer to telephone, dial: 0800 587 4006 from within the UK or +44 1672 565031 from outside the UK. Please quote project reference 00-634 (Disaster Relief Fund).
For a quick donation of £3.00 by SMS (see terms and conditions here) text Barnabas/634 to 70007 (Please note: This facility is presently only available to UK supporters).
- That all those affected by the flooding in Sri Lanka, Brazil and Australia will quickly receive the practical help they need to survive and later start rebuilding their lives.
- For the Christians caught up in the chaos, that they will find the Lord to be their refuge and strength. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.” (Isaiah 43:2a)