It’s shocked me and my colleagues how we can be living in a country so badly and frighteningly affected by the recent flooding, yet for us to be barely impacted at all by it.
I am living the other side of the island to where the flooding has had the most devastating impact and we have not had rain for at least a week now.
According to the The Guardian; “Up to 400,000 children in Sri Lanka are facing a food crisis caused by devastating floods” and the death toll has now reached 38.
This image taken by a local photographer is shocking and shows just how high the flood waters reached.
Money is being raised and aid is arriving through the United Nations, several big charities like Oxfam and Save the Children as well as many other organisations like Shelterbox. But bearing in mind the affected people have not only had to deal with decades of war and the tsunami in 2004 but now just as they begin to rebuild their lives and their homes, many are being forced to return to the IDP camps they were living in during the war as their homes are destroyed under the rising flood waters.
And yet I have been told by people who are in the area assisting the aid efforts that people, despite everything they have been through are still managing to smile.
The unbelievable resilience of the Sri Lankan people astounds me.
Please keep this nation in your thoughts as yet again they begin their rebuilding…