In total, approximately 200,000 have been affected. According to the Department of Meteorology, more showers/thundershowers are to be expected in the coming days. Fairly strong winds at times (up to 50-60 kmph) are also to be expected. Warnings have already been issued in a number of areas requesting people to evacuate with the rising water levels. But fortunately, flood relief efforts are already underway.
From the Armed Forces, to the many organizations and individuals, everybody is pitching in every way they can. But how can you help? We at ReadMe put together a list of emergency contact numbers and tech you can use to lend a helping hand.
For life saving support and other urgent assistance,
011 2674535 (Office of the Chief of Defence)
011 674502 (Sri Lanka Air Force)
117 Disaster Management Center Hotline
011 2136136 (Disaster Management Center)
011 2445368 (Navy HQ)
As per the current situation, the following list of supplies are much needed for the people in the affected areas.
Toothbrushes and other sanitary items
Sri Lanka Flood Crisis Map
Stay on alert with DEWN
You can actually stay on alert with regards to the current disaster situation with the Disaster and Emergency Warning Network (DEWN) app. Just download the app to your Android or iOS smartphone and you can get alerts directly from the Disaster Management Center. Additionally, if you’re on twitter, you could also follow @dmcdewn to get alerts
Free credit from telcos
The telecommunication providers are also playing their part in flood relief efforts. Dialog offers a free Rs.100 reload to those in the affected areas of Ratnapura, Kalutara, Galle, Matara, Hambantota, Dehiowita, Yatiyantota, Ruwanwella, Kolonnawa, Biyagama, Kelaniya, Kaduwela, Hanwella, Dompe and Padukka. Airtel is also offering free calls and SMS facilities to the people in the above affected areas. Mobitel has increased credit limit for postpaid connections by 50%, with prepaid connections getting free Rs.100 talk time and Rs.50 in credit limit(prepaid). Additionally, Hutch has provided free Rs.25 credit as well.