Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
The Rotary Club of Kalmunai (RCK) distributed Exercise books and Biscuits (Contributed by RCCR) to the flood affected students from Aligambe village around 45Km from Kalmunai town.
according to RCK, prior
to 1948 this area was completely under forest cover, and these people lived without clothing/ dresses. Rev. Fr. Kook (an American) entered this area and helped improve this forest into a small village. The villages even to this date use a deferent language/ dialect apart from Tamil.
urrently, a small Church and a School up to grade Eight for around 300 students can be seen.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Today the Rotary Club of Kalmunai (RCK) members arranged a Medical Camp at Annamalai where one death registered during the flood. It is a village far from Kalmunai town and no medical facilities available. This medical camp treated 358 patients from that area and villages around Annamalai.
Medicines valued at over LKR. 350,000/- was contributed by the Rotary Club of Colombo Regency and the Rotary Club of Colombo Fort.
We wish to take this opportunity to thank the Doctors who contributed their time and efforts on a voluntary basis, whist acknowledging the untiring efforts of the Members of RCK who coordinated this Medical Camp.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
- 250kg Rice
- 100kg Sugar
- 100kg Dhal
- 100kg Flour
- 100kg Dry Fish
- 100 Pkts Milk Powder
- 115 Sleeping Mats
- 500 Toothbrushes
- 500 Canned Fish/ Sardines
- 500 boxes of Mosquito Coils
- 240 Kids Pampers
- 30 Baby/ Kids Shorts
- 225 Bed Sheets
- 500 Lifebuoy Soap
2. 500Kg Rice
3. 200Kg Dhal
4. 500 Canned Fish/ Sardines
5. 100 Boxes Mosquito Coils
6. 250 Packs Milk Powder
7. 200 Bed sheets
Dry rations including Medicines, Mosquito Coils and Bed Sheets worth approximately LKR 300,000/- have reached the Rotary Club of Kalmunai through our volunteers on the ground.
The total pledges Regency has received from friends of Rotary near and far up to now is LKR 854,000/- We are very grateful to them for their quick response.
The floods in some parts have started receding, and people are gradually moving back into their homes to rebuild their lives. It is reported that 19,368 houses are partially damaged and 3,859 are fully damaged by the floods. Some of the families now destitute were also affected by the 2004 tsunami.
The Disaster Management Centre in Colombo reported 38 people as confirmed dead and 12 as missing (OCHA, Jan 17, 2011). The UN in their situation report advised the local authorities and residents of the potential danger from explosive remnants from the war that ended last year which the flood waters may have unearthed and carried into the flooded areas.
The health ministry attempting to mitigate the threat of water-borne diseases have sent out medical teams into the areas. The damage to rice and vegetable cultivation is already felt in other parts of the country with their short supply and increased prices, and the cost of rebuilding of road network will high.
While some aid has already been provided by the US and Indian governments, and organizations such as UNICEF and smaller voluntary organizations, the UN appealed to donors for more funds and relief items for this emergency situation. The people affected are now in need of cooking utensils and clothes in addition to food and medicines as they begin to resume their lives.
We will keep you updated on our next steps.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Thirty two deaths were reported, 49 persons were injured and 12 persons are reported missing due to the floods and rain affecting the country. More than 1,056,255 persons belonging to 282,953 families have been affected due to floods and heavy rain in Ampara, Batticaloa, Trincomalee , Vavuniya and several other districts in the Central, North and East. More than 339,200 are currently housed in displaced camps, the Disaster Management Center said.
87,899 families have been sheltered in camps in Batticaloa, Trincomalee and Kilinochchi and other Districts.
Unconfirmed reports say upto 9 people have died due to temperatures plummeting to 16C in Batticaloa and surrounding areas.
People in 14 district in the island are affected by the floods occurred due to heavy rainfall received during the past few days.
A large number of families are affected by severe floods especially in Batticaloa, Ampara, Trincomalee and Polonnaruwa Districts.
*As at 13th January 2011, 533,837 persons belonging to 143,352 families in Baticaloa District, 336,470 persons in 88,376 families in Ampara District and 29,632 persons belonging to 7,949 families in Trincomalee district are affected by floods. The total number of flood victims in the island is 967,115 persons belonging to 258,120 families.
So far and 1,727 houses are totally destroyed and 12,151 houses are partly destroyed.
- Dissaster Management Centre (DMC) , Sri Lanka
- Dissaster Management Centre (DMC) , Sri Lanka
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Rain and snow have unleashed havoc in many parts of the globe signalling that climate change is real and is already here. Our wish is that those affected will be able to rebuild their homes and restart their livelihoods soon.
Rain came down on sunny Sri Lanka from early December 2010, and now we have severe flooding in the Central, Eastern and Northern provinces.
The floods and mudslides have led to 24 reported deaths in these areas.
While Batticaloa and Ampare Districts are the most affected in the eastern province, it has been impossible to get an accurate estimate of the number of people affected as the road network had been submerged making many areas not even accessible.
However, it is estimated that well over a million people are affected by the floods. The Meteorological Department of SL forecasts more rain in the already affected areas, and so it is apparent that we need to act fast to provide relief to those already affected and to mitigate a further disaster that will arise from waterborne diseases.
Preliminary assessments by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) which liaises with all UN agencies and the Sri Lanka Disaster Management Centre (DMC) indicate that Non-Food relief items, Dry Rations, and Drinking Water are on the top of the most needed list.
The Rotary Club of Colombo Regency (RCCR) will keep a close look at the situation and be tuned into the assessment of OCHA and DMC when purchasing and dispatching relief items to areas most in need.
RCCR are in the process of raising funds to purchase items in need, and would very much appreciate your contributions to fund immediate relief to those affected.
You may make a direct deposit into the following account dedicated for this relief effort:
ACCOUNT NAME : Rotary Club of Colombo Regency
ACCOUNT NUMBER : 001-003771-009
BANK NAME : HSBC
BANK ADDRESS : 24, Sir Baron Jayathilake Mawatha, Colombo 1
SWIFT CODE : HSBC LKLX
CHEQUES : Drawn in favour of ‘Rotary Club of Colombo Regency’
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we could reconcile and recognize your contribution. Do let us know if you need a receipt for your contribution, and the mailing address to do so.
We will acknowledge all funds received and report on how funds received are utilised through this blog - so please refer to it from time to time.
If you need further information, please contact:
Rtn. Bilal Mohamed
+94 77 735 2915
Correspondence Address: 74A, Park Street, Colombo 2, Sri Lanka
Rtn. Gehan de Alwis
+94 77 736 8820
Treasurer/ Past President
Rtn. Bary Jaleel
+94 77 730 0239
Rtn. Mario Perumal
+94 77 737 1204
Rtn. Tharanga Gunaratna
+94 77 738 9075
Rotary Club of Colombo Regency
RI District 3220, Sri Lanka