Flood Response

Project Flood Response
Objectives

To meet immediate hygiene needs of families affected by the flood • To meet the needs of pregnant women who were affected by the flood

Project Partners • Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA) • Ministry of Health of Sri Lanka • Distribution of family hygiene kit
Activities

• Distribution of family hygiene kits for flood affected families • Distribution of maternity kits for pregnant women in the flood affected areas • Training on good hygiene practices

Locations Batticaloa District, Ampara District and Badulla District
Period 25 January - 10 February 2011
Accomplishments

• A total of 1055 hygiene kits distributed • A total of 1075 maternity kits distributed

Background
According to the national disaster management centre of
Sri Lanka, over one million people were affected by the
floods which were caused by heavy rainfall at the end of
2010 and carried on to early 2011. Over 300,000 families
were further displaced in welfare centres. Batticaloa was
the worst affected area, where 540,144 persons were
affected with 38 confirmed deaths, 51 injuries and four
missing due to the floods.

The sanitation requirements are very high with most of
the wells in the affected areas being contaminated with
dirty water. The flood had also caused many families to
lose their basic hygiene-related items.

MERCY Malaysia efforts
The National Disaster Management Center made a
request for MERCY Malaysia to distribute hygiene packs
as there were high demands for specific hygiene-related
items. Leveraging on a long standing partnership with
the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA), a local
implementing partner in developmental projects in the
northern districts, MERCY Malaysia made an effort to
help the flood affected community in the Ampara and
Batticaloa Districts. Over 2,000 hygiene and maternity
kits were distributed enabling flood survivors to maintain
good personal hygiene and mitigate the spread of
water-borne diseases such as diarrhea and skin-related
illnesses.
Along with the distribution of hygiene and maternity kits,
a hygiene awareness raising programme was conducted
in Batticaloa to promote good hygiene practices. The
assistance of volunteers and community administrators
who worked tirelessly in the rainy conditions helped us
greatly in MERCY Malaysia’s endeavours.