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UN helping Sri Lanka to evaluate flood assistance needs

Jan 12, 2011 4:11:46 AM - itnnews.lk

The United Nations says it is assisting the Sri Lankan government with humanitarian assessment to identify the needs of the flood affected.

At a news briefing yesterday, Martin Nesirky, the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General said initial area assessments have been conducted in the past 24 hours in several affected Districts. Preliminary findings include assistance needed in the areas of food, non-food items, and water, sanitation and hygiene. The UN Humanitarian Country Team has assisted the Sri Lankan Government’s Disaster Management Centre to carry out an assessment yesterday across all affected Districts in the East, North and Central Provinces. The Spokesperson said more information about the situation and current needs will be available in the next few days.

According to Nesirky, the World Food Programme , the UN Children’s Fund and the World Health Organization are also all active on the ground to provide relief to the affected. The UN said it will bear the cost of setting up mobile medical clinics by the Sri Lankan Government in the flood ravaged areas.