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UN steps in to assist Lanka in flood relief

world Updated: May 22, 2010 23:35 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

Agencies of the United Nations have stepped in to assist the Sri Lanka government’s efforts provide relief over 500,000 people affected by floods and landslides triggered by this week’s torrential showers.

At least 20 have died, government officials have said, adding that more than 513,000 people or 118,888 families had been affected.

“The UN World Food Programme will provide food for 400,000 of the affected people to supplement rations being distributed by the Sri Lankan Government, according to a situation report jointly prepared by the country’s Disaster Management Centre and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.’’

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided water tanks, more than 80,000 water purification tablets, soap and other sanitary items.