UN begins joint assessment with Sri Lankan government in flooded areas

12:29, November 13, 2010      

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United Nations aid, food and development agencies have joined hands with the government of Sri Lanka in assessing the basis needs of the people in parts of the capital, Colombo, and other areas, where record rains caused flash floods, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Friday.

The floods, which have affected several districts, have been caused by what is reportedly the heaviest rainfall in Colombo in 18 years, OCHA said.

Nearly 186,900 people, the majority of them in Colombo, have been affected as of Nov. 11, according to the National Disaster Management Centre (DMC).

The DMC is carrying out a rapid assessment together with the UN World Food Program (WFP), the UN Development Program (UNDP) and OCHA.

According to media reports, the flooding has left tens of thousands of families homeless, disrupted traffic and submerged the country's Parliament in four feet of water.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:赵晨雁)

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