How to help flood victims in Sri Lanka
By Tom BrownThe Associated PressA flood-ravaged Sri Lanka has been flooded with water and mud, and many homes have been destroyed.
Rescue teams have been working to rescue people from their homes in the city of Colombo, and the floodwaters are now threatening to inundate roads.
The flooding comes just days after floods in other parts of the country caused widespread damage.
The Sri Lankan government is seeking help from international donors for the relief effort.
The government has announced a total of $1.9 billion in aid for flood victims and rescue efforts, including food, shelter and water, according to the World Bank.
The aid will go to areas hit by the floods.
The government has set up a special fund to help the poor and vulnerable, and also has set aside an additional $300 million for flood relief efforts.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Maithripala Sirisena said the flooding has forced the government to make tough decisions.
“We have been told that there is no place left for us to go,” he said.
The floods have also made it more difficult to distribute aid to the millions of people in the region who live in remote areas.
The country has also faced widespread destruction in the past.
More than 60 people have been killed and thousands of homes have flooded in recent years.
Many of those affected are in rural areas, and they are particularly vulnerable because they rely on agricultural land for their livelihoods.