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Media alert: Red Cross spokespeople on the ground in Sri Lanka

Geneva, 29 May 2017 – Sri Lanka is in the grip of its worst flooding in 14 years. According to the government, more than 160 people have been killed and 470,000 have been affected. Persistent and heavy rains have triggered widespread flooding and landslides in many areas, particularly in the southwest of the country. With bad weather set to continue, there are concerns that the situation will further worsen. Sri Lanka Red Cross volunteers and staff have been on the frontline of the humanitarian response, providing life-saving first aid, assisting with search, rescue and evacuation efforts, and distributing food, water and relief supplies to thousands. IFRC is providing financial and technical...

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Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF)

The DREF is a fund set up by the IFRC that ensures that immediate financial support is available for National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to respond to disasters and other crises.

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Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (Global Platform), as recognized by the UN General Assembly, is the main forum at the global level for strategic advice, coordination, partnership development and the review of progress in the implementation of international instruments on disaster risk reduction.

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About the IFRC

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian network and is guided by seven Fundamental Principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, universality and unity.