24 July 2019 - 21 Tammuz 5779 - כ"א תמוז ה' אלפים תשע"ט
JDC helps relief efforts in Sri Lanka E-mail

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) recently responded with emergency aid to catastrophic flooding and mudslides in Sri Lanka.

More than 200 people were confirmed dead and at least 100 were reported missing in the worst storms to hit the island nation since 2003.

JDC, together with its local partner Sarvodaya, a Buddhistinspired humanitarian organisation, deployed its first-responder unit to provide food, water and other emergency aid in Sri Lanka’s five hardest-hit districts in May. The Sarvodaya-JDC Disaster Management Unit was founded after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, when the two organisations partnered to ensure immediate aid for tsunami survivors. Since then, the unit has responded to dozens of disasters in Sri Lanka, according to the JDC.

More than 77,000 people have been displaced and over 1,500 homes have been destroyed since rains began swamping the southern and western areas of Sri Lanka.

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