Advisory: Cyclone in Sri Lanka

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    Posted: November 30, 2017     Updated: December 04, 2017

Disaster Update #2: December 4, 2017

Sri Lanka experienced a mix of sunshine and strong thunderstorms this weekend. However, meteorologists warn of a second tropical storm gaining strength in the Bay of Bengal. Authorities estimate that 61,000 families are severely impacted. The National Building Research Organization has instructed people in Ratnapura, Galle Badulla, Hambantota, Kalutara, and Matara districts to be on alert for possible landslides, rock falls, and sinkholes. Some of our church partners reside in these districts. The Compassion Sri Lanka Country Office has ensured Child Development Centers (CDCs) can access news updates, warnings, and assistance through government websites and telephone numbers. CDCs are encouraged to seek local resources available at this time. So far, four CDCs and 234 beneficiaries have been reported as affected. Many CDCs are still working to provide cooked food to beneficiaries who are stuck in their homes, but it has been a challenge. As they continue to assess the impact to children and families, they will provide assistance and help families resettle as they are able. Please continue to pray for safety among our beneficiaries in this area, as well as timely provision through local resources and Compassion Disaster Relief funds.

Disaster Update #1: December 1, 2017

The cyclone in Sri Lanka, now known as Ockhi, continues to unleash pelting rains and moderately strong winds. Several have been killed or injured, and many more are missing. Government warnings encourage people to stay vigilant and evacuate low lying areas. Winds have carried broken trees and billboards, damaging to roofs and buildings. Over 18,000 people in thirteen of the country’s districts have been affected. Electricity has been restored in most areas. The government is actively helping those affected with tents, food, and clearing debris. So far, two Child Development Centers (CDCs) and 15 beneficiaries have been reported as affected. The field office estimates around around 70 beneficiary homes are flooded and families are trapped inside with no food or water. CDCs are using Compassion Disaster Relief funds to provide families with cooked food, water, and temporary relief. The field office is working to support these efforts and provide a way for CDCs to reach out for help as needed.

Please pray for:

  • Safety among beneficiaries and their families
  • Water levels to recede quickly, so families can safely go outside their homes
  • Provision for those who lost personal effects
  • Support for families to repair their homes

Disaster Alert: November 30, 2017

A deep depression that just formed in the Bay of Bengal is causing a cyclonic storm with heavy rain, strong winds, rough seas, and flooding in Sri Lanka. In some areas, people are stuck in their homes and unable to get out due to flooding. Strong winds in Colombo have destroyed vehicles, houses and large shops. Fallen trees have caused power outages and delays in communication. So far, three Child Development Centers (CDCs) and one beneficiary has been reported as affected. CDCs staff continue to assess the impact to beneficiaries. CDC staff continue to assess the impact to beneficiaries. The Compassion Sri Lanka Country Office anticipates the number of children and families affected to increase. Please pray for the safety of children, families, and church partners in Sri Lanka.

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