Cyclone Roanu Inflicts Deadly Flooding Across Sri Lanka, Threatens Bangladesh, India, Myanmar

• Reported Deaths: 64 • Affected People: 2,300,000+

Direct Relief has extended offers of support this week to the Sri Lanka Disaster Management Center and other longstanding partners in Sri Lanka after powerful storm dropped nearly 15 inches of rain on the island nation. The storm triggered flashfloods and deadly landslides that buried entire villages, forced nearly 300,000 people to evacuate, and claimed at least 64 lives. More than 150 people remain missing.

Bangladesh, India, and Myanmar On Alert

Since shifting northward along India’s east coast, the storm intensified into a tropical cyclone (Roanu) and is expected to make landfall early Saturday.

Bangladesh, northeastern India, and northern Myanmar — each located in the cyclone’s crosshairs — have begun bracing for heavy rains, strong winds, and the possibility of life-threatening flooding and landslides.

Anticipating the need for humanitarian assistance, Direct Relief has reached out to partners in each of the three countries and remains ready to respond. Direct Relief will continue to monitor the situation through the weekend and provide updates as information becomes available.

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