Americares is deploying an emergency response team to Sri Lanka, where severe flooding and landslides have killed more than 200 people and left thousands homeless.
The organization is mobilizing experienced disaster response experts from its offices in Mumbai, India, and the United States to meet survivors’ immediate health needs. More than 800,000 people in 15 of Sri Lanka’s 25 districts were forced to evacuate their homes after heavy rains that began on May 25. Damage has been reported to 60 health facilities, including four hospitals. The risk of waterborne and mosquito borne disease continues to rise.