Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation appeals for international help




The Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO), the largest Non-Governmental Organisation working with war and Tsunami affected people has called for international help in dealing with the latest flood disaster that has struck the region.

In an urgent appeal the TRO said it requires basic items such as Tarpaulin sheets, plastic sheets, dry food items, purified water, makeshift toilets, medical and hygiene items and equipments for children and women welfare.

A statement by the TRO said that thousands of people were affected and displaced by flood waters during the last three days in the North-East.

Over three thousand tsunami and war affected people living in transitional shelters and temporary huts have also been displaced.

The people displaced from Mullaitivu town, Karaichi kudiyiruppu, Puthukudiyiruppu in Mullaitivu district, Vadamaratchi East in Jaffna district and Kandavalai, Murukandy and Kilinochchi town in Kilinochchi district have been located in makeshift camps created in public places such as schools. Hundreds of families have been affected by torrential rains in Batticaloa and Trincomalee districts as well.

As all the water tanks in Vanni have reached spilling level more flooding to dangerous proportions is expected within two or three days.

Disaster Management Unit of TRO has immediately commenced humanitarian tasks including;
1. Evacuation of affected people to the safer areas.
2. Providing cooked food to the displaced.
3. Provision of transport and water sanitation facilities.
4. Mitigating the dangers by diverting the flood waters to other places from human settlements.

TRO’s Emergency Rescue Team, volunteers from local organizations and LTTE cadres are said to be involved in rescue operations

TRO has appealed to international humanitarian organizations to work together in an efficient and co-coordinated manner.

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