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 support.

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In Sri Lanka: Mahieash Johnney, +94 773 502 156 Email: mahieash.johnney@redcross.lk, @mahieash

In Kuala Lumpur: Patrick Fuller +60 122308451, patrick.fuller@ifrc.org, @pat_fuller

In Geneva: Matthew Cochrane, +41 79 251 8039, matthew.cochrane@ifrc.org, @mahatmat

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