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UN seeks $51M for Sri Lanka flood recovery

The United Nations plans to seek $51 million to help Sri Lankans recover from deadly floods that have affected up to one million people.

Floods kill 43, leave four missing

The United Nations plans to seek $51 million to help Sri Lankans recover from deadly floods that have affected up to one million people.

Sri Lankan flood victims wade trough a submerged road in Karaithivu, east of Colombo, Sri Lanka on Saturday. ((Eranga Jayawardena/Associated Press))

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Catherine Bragg will launch the aid appeal during a three-day visit to the island that started Wednesday.

The UN office for the co-ordination of humanitarian affairs said in a report Tuesday that the world body and Sri Lankan government have identified agriculture and livelihood, shelter, nutrition and education as priority needs.

The assistance will be channeled to UN agencies, local and international aid groups to help those affected, the UN office said.

The disaster that largely affected the Eastern Province killed 43 people and left four missing. More than 300,000 people were displaced at the peak of the flooding in recent weeks.

More than 5,700 homes were destroyed and 23,000 more damaged, the country's Disaster Management Center says. Vast rice fields ready for harvesting were inundated and thousands of cattle, goats and poultry were lost, severely affecting livelihoods.

Bragg will travel to the flood-affected east as well as Sri Lanka's former war zone in the north where ethnic Tamil civilians driven from their homes in the last stages of the country's civil war have been resettled.

A majority of 300,000 people who were displaced by the war have been resettled in their villages, but most of them are without proper houses and other basic facilities.

 

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