United Nations agencies have started aid operations to help address the needs of people affected by heavy floods caused by days of torrential rains in Sri Lanka.
The World Food Program will deliver food to 400,000 of the affected population. WFP rations will supplement the food packages already being delivered by the Sri Lankan government.
Meanwhile, UNICEF has started providing high-energy biscuits, water purification tablets, water tanks, soap and other sanitation supplies to the flood victims.
More than 500,000 people from 118,888 families have been affected by the flood, which destroyed some 1,354 houses, the U.N. News Center says.