Sri Lanka is currently facing its greatest natural disaster related humanitarian crisis since the 2004 Tusnami. In the first weeks of January 2011, non-stop rains have caused massive flooding in the Eastern Province. The Districts of Batticaloa, Ampara and Trincomalee in particularly have been severely affected, with entire villages now resembling lakes. One million people hit by severe floods in Sri Lanka, and over 300,000 people have been displaced. Over 1 million acres of paddy lands have been destroyed, which will make the coming months very difficult for Sri Lankan farmers.
To my frustration, the Western media has not paid much attention to this crisis. After the tsunami, the US sprang into action to give aid to the affected. I hope that as more information comes out, the world will start to pay attention.
Posted By Lauren Katz
Posted Jan 21st, 2011