Direct Relief International has reached out to partners in Sri Lanka to offer medical aid in response to extensive flooding there. News reports indicate that 23 people have been killed in the flooding, which extends over one-third of the country and has displaced 325,000 people.
Direct Relief has provided aid in Sri Lanka for several years, expanding its efforts during the 2004 tsunami response. Direct Relief provides aid to hospitals and clinics on the east coast of Sri Lanka, including Batticaloa Hospital, where the flooding is now most severe.
Direct Relief has contacted several partners, including Batticaloa Hospital, to determine what materials are most needed and how the organization can best support their efforts to care for people affected by the flooding.