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Floods in Sri Lanka

In May of this year Cyclone Roanu hit Sri Lanka and travelled up the east coast of India to hit southern Bangladesh. There were other things happening that took the headlines, and so this didn't get much attention.

Worst hit was Sri Lanka, where there was severe flooding from the storm. The Guardian reported on 21 May:

Landslides and heavy flooding have killed at least 73 people in Sri Lanka, with scores more missing and hundreds of thousands forced to flee their homes.

Torrential rains have deluged the island nation since last weekend, triggering huge landslides that have buried victims in up to 15 metres (50 feet) of mud.

In the capital, Colombo, thousands of homes remained inundated, though there were signs that the waters were receding, according to AP. About 243,000 people remained in temporary shelters nationwide.

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TC Winston - Update

homes destroyed homes in cyclone winston fiji february 2016 Asia Pacific Baptist Aid and the Convention for Fijian Baptist Churches continue to work together to respond to needs in areas affected by Cyclone Winston. APBaid has assigned a consultant to work closely with the leadership of the churches as they develop an effective medium and long term recovery strategy

Many church and community buildings were used for shelter during cyclone Winston and a temporary home and a place to be feed in the days following. Most people taking refuge in these shelters have moved to stay with friends and relatives if their own homes are still uninhabitable. Post trauma support, counselling and extra emotional support is available through the churches for those who need it and church groups are focusing on encouraging people to help each other.

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Fiji - Tropical Cyclone Winston

Fiji at its bestCyclone Winston - How can you help in Fiji?

Tropical Cyclone Winston went through Fiji on the weekend of 20-21 February, with devastating results. Many Kiwis have holidayed in Fiji, and now we see the pictures of the destruction of the storm. We want to do what we can to help.

The clean up is going to take a long time. Mr Peni Dolavale, President Fiji Baptist Convention, has appealed to the larger Baptist family worldwide to pray and support them in whatever way possible in this emergency disaster situation.

APBAid (the aid department of the Asia Pacific Baptist Federation) is exploring ways and means to help support them.

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