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2017.07.18

[Emergency assistance] JEN’s activities for flood victims in the Ratnapura District

JEN provides emergency shelter assistance to residents affected by the monsoon that occurred in southern Sri Lanka in May.
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The Ratnapura District, the target area of our project, is located in the southwest part of the country. The district suffered extensive damage due to repetitive floods and landslides, killing 86 people, completely destroying 860 buildings and partially destroying 7,846.
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Most of the damaged buildings have broken roofs and walls and cracks in their foundations, so are no longer usable.
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JEN is distributing materials to families who have lost their homes and have had to move in with relatives or to evacuation centers. Using these materials families are able to build their own simple shelters in which to live until their homes are rebuilt.
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The Ratnapura District, is famous for jewelry production which is one of Sri Lanka’s major industries. Cat’s-eye and sapphire gemstones can be found in the local rivers and mountains, so people search for gemstones everywhere.
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The district is also rich in produce such as tea, rubber, rambutans and avocados which cannot be cultivated in the north.
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[A rubber tree farm]
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Whilst setting up the office JEN immediately obtained approval for the project and started a preliminary needs assessment. Because many of the affected households live deep in the mountains where access by car is not possible, JEN had to do investigations on foot.
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Once  complete, the distribution of relief goods start.
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[A building destroyed by a landslide]
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[JEN staff interviewing residents]
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[Many of the clay houses are easily damaged by floods]

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July 18, 2017 in Sri Lanka |