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    That is what the government should reckon of its flawed policy of compulsory cremation of dead bodies of Muslims. According to the religious belief of Muslims, the burning of the dead is tantamount to desecration. And the rest of the...
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    The CID said that transactions of...
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    Hejaaz Hizbullah was a lawyer at the Supreme Court and worked as a state counsel for the Attorney General’s department. Beyond his legal work, he was involved...
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Flood Relief Work in Kalutara - Plan (Phase Out Basis)

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Assalamu Alaikkum,

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We are being tested by Almighty Allah once again by the recent flood & landslides. 23 deaths reported and more than 43,000 people are affected in 9 districts . Out of the 9 Districts affected, Kalutara is one of the highly affected district. Currently we are engaged in supporting the victims in Mathugama & Agalawatte area. We are thankful to Almighty for giving an us opportunity and strength to serve for our fellow brothers and sisters who are in need. Al Hamdu Lillah. Still the water level is rising as the doors & spills of the dams are still open and the rivers are overflowing.


The needs are very big, but we have done, and will try to address the issues within our capacity.
The basic needs are food, clean water and sanitation facility. Most of the shops are affected, the owners have lost their livelihood (majority of our people in these areas are businessman) and also it has created the shortage of supply in those areas. Specially areas like Viyangalla, the land route transport is totally disconnected.

As per the situation and time, we have phased out the relief work as follows,

1st Phase: 
1.1 - Cooked Food, Clean Water, Medicine & Basic Sanitation facility (Currently being supplied by the neighbouring villages -Beruwela, Dharga Town, Atulugama etc.- Mass cooking)
1.2 - The Dry Ration includes: Rice, Dhal, Canned fish, tea, sugar etc.... (To share with their friends & families with whom they are living now & when returning to their houses)
They need Dry Ration worth of 3000/= at least for a family to cater a 5 days, until they establish themselves back in normal order. .

2nd Phase: - (On Return to their houses)
2.1 - Kitchen utensils,
2.2 - School stationary for children,
2.3 - Other household needs such as mats, mattresses, blankets, mosquito nets etc.
2.3 - Baby care products, and hygienic kits

3rd Phase: (Upon returning to their houses)
-3.1-  Water purification needs - The wells are totally contaminated so they should be cleaned.
-3.2 - House cleaning needs - The detergents and disinfection chemicals, hand use sprayer tanks, etc....
-3.3 - Public Places (Mosques, Schools, Community Centre) cleaning needs - Fogging machine, detergents, disinfection chemicals
-3.4 - Medical Needs - Mass screening for infections and identification of severe conditions/cases of chronic diseases....

4th Phase:
-(Upon settling down)
-4.1- Helping to build their lifelines - micro / small level
-4.2 - Supporting to repair partially damaged houses and business places
-4.3 - Putting up new houses for  fully damaged ones

Though the medical needs are put in 3rd phase, that is one of the need which should be attended at all phases and levels...

The leading community based relief organizations such as Al Muslimath, SFRD, Caring Hands, Al Kafaala, and MCSL, are in the network and planning their work together.  Al Hamdu Lillah.
If any organization willing to support the needy, we humbly request to join hands together to avoid duplication & plan out their support according to their capacity and on phase basis, which would bring positive results insha allah.
Should anyone need further details on flood victims & flood relief programs, please feel free to contact us.

Bank Account Details (For those are willing to Contribute)
Account Name : Caring Hands
Account Number : 158 001 66 66
Bank : Commercial Bank
Branch : Dehiwala Branch
Email : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Note: Please send us the details of the contribution with the details of the Contributor(s), Address , Contact details etc. This is to send official acknowledgement.
Jazakallah Khair

Asker Khan S.A.
Executive Director
Caring Hands

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