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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

TRO’S APPEAL FOR HUMANITARIAN RELIEF ASSISTANCE TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

Killinochi
28.12.2004

Urgent Humanitarian Relief Appeal by
TRO Sri Lanka


Tsunami
The impact of the recent Tsunami is being described as the worst diaster to hit Southern and South East Asia. The full extent of the tragedy is still being counted and there is widespread view that the initial impact is only the beginning of a major tragedy to unfold in the near future due to disease and starvation. The loss of lives and properties and the destruction of physical and social infrastructure have thrown a major humanitarian challenge.

TRO Sri Lanka
Tamils Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) Sri Lanka is a registered humanitarian organization in Sri Lanka and a member of the consortium of humanitarian organizations and has been in operation for over 19 years.

TRO currently partners with multilateral and UN Agencies and several INGOs in major rehabilitation and reconstruction projects and programmes in the North-East of Sri Lanka.

TRO has district offices and sub-offices in each of the eight districts in the North-East of Sri Lanka and employees over 3500 paid staff.

During its 19 years of operation TRO has successfully managed similar emergency situations caused by the war that prevailed for over 20 years. In the year 1995 over 500,000 people were displaced from the Northern Sri Lanka and TRO was able to play a significant role in providing much needed urgent relief needs.

Impact of Tsunami in the North-East of Sri Lanka
The full extent of the damage is still being established, however, as of 27.12.2004 the following damages has been established:

Batticlaoa, amparai, trincomallee districts in eastern provinces, mullittivu and Jaffna in the north has been badly affected. The waves have entered up to 3km inside the affected villages in the above districts.

The initial assessment indicates more than 7400 deaths. More than 11417 people are affected with various types of injuries. Nearly half a million people are displaced from their homes and moved to interior villages and towns.

Summary of impact

Districts - Amparai
Displaced - 20000
Deaths - 2200
Injured - 300
Situation - Rescue Operation Continuing

Districts -
Batticaloa
Displaced - 118000
Deaths - 1860
Injured - 2100
Situation - Rescue Operation Continuing

Districts -
Trincomalle
Displaced - 137000
Deaths - 700
Injured -3400
Situation - Rescue Operation Continuing

Districts - Mullitivu
Displaced - 97000
Deaths - 1300
Injured -3800
Situation - Rescue Operation Continuing

Districts - Jaffna
Displaced - 110000
Deaths - 1600
Injured -1800
Situation - Rescue Operation Continuing


Districts - Mannar
Displaced - 6000
Deaths - Nil
Injured -17
Situation - Rescue Operation Continuing

Total
Displaced - 488000
Deaths - 7660
Injured - 114177660

These figures would be updated as and when further information is received.

TRO’s Current Relief Efforts
TRO has effectively formed significant number of volunteer groups through its district offices structures and are currently in the coalface dealing with the immediate challenges.

TRO volunteers along with other local NGOs, some international NGOs and LTTE’s medical units are currently engaged in the rescue and efforts to provide relief.

The initial action by TRO is centered on the provision of food, drinking water, medical assistance and clearing the dead and debris.

The extent of the problem demands significantly higher resources and its limited resources are hampering its efforts. TRO currently has significant capacity to address the immediate needs and is also in a position to increase its capacity through forming further volunteer groups and Diaspora experts.

TRO’s appeal to the International Community
TRO appeals to the international community to provide much needed assistance to meet this enormous challenge. TRO staff and volunteers are locals who have faced the brunt of this devastation and are working with passion to help their loved ones.

TRO has made calls to Diaspora through its 14 overseas offices to solicit financial and physical assistance to deal with operational challenges and for expert assistance. We anticipate significant overseas expert volunteers in the next few days to come.

The following are urgent requirements to attend to the immediate phase:
Food ( includes milk powder, precooked food etc.) for 80 000 familes / 3 time meals for two week.
Non food items ( includes kitchen utils, 100 000mats etc)
Clothing ( spl. concern for women and children)
Drugs (paracetamol, anti biotics, dressings, suture material, disposable syringes etc)
water purification tablets ( 500 000) and water containers (5 lit. capacity)
Temporary shelters (25,000tents for afamily of 4 and 50 medical tents)
portable generators (50)

The above phase of operation would be followed-up by preventive efforts to address water born diseases. TRO is taking necessary efforts to gather required human and material resources to commence this face as soon as possible.

TRO believes that appropriate and immediate efforts taken at this point of juncture would avoid extensive further human tragedy.

TRO estimates that over 2 million us dollars is required to address this in any meaningful manner and appeal to the international community to assist the people who are devastated by the extent of this calamity.

Director
Disaster management unit
TRO


for further contacts.
00 94 112 693254 ( Colombo)
00 94 21 228 3947 (killinochi)

cpara@hotmail.com
http://www.troonline.org/

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