While severe flooding in Australia has caught massive attention from the media, Brazil, the Philippines and Sri Lanka have been hit hard by flooding resulting in many deaths and hundreds of thousands of people homeless. Sri Lanka in particular has endured mudslides that have killed 21 people; the total death toll currently stands at 27, according to a report from the Associated Press in Columbo. More than 300,000 people in Sri Lanka have been forced out of their homes due to flooding.
According to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC in Sri Lanka more than 1 million people have been affected by the intense flooding in low-lying areas of the country within the Districts of Batticaloa, Ampara, Trincomalee, Kurunegala, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. An Official Request for Emergency Relief Assistance was sent by the DMC 12 January requesting aid for people affected.
The number of people who have lost their homes and many cases everything else is staggering, particularly in the Batticaloa District where 165,494 people have been affected.
This is the latest report on the current situation from the DMC: 14th January Situation Report
Sri Lanka is also facing an impending food shortage.
Below is a news report by Al Jazeera in Batticaloa that shows despite the intense flooding people seem incredibly resilient as disasters of this magnitude are nothing new to Sri Lanka: