Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives, Singapore (CHARIS) has pledged a total of US$100,000 (S$140,000) in grant aid for two separate relief efforts.
The aid is for Caritas Sri Lanka in response to the floods in the country, and the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines for victims of the ongoing clashes between Philippine government forces and Islamic militants in Marawi.
The funds for Caritas Sri Lanka will be used to aid ground relief efforts – providing food, clean drinking water, hygiene kits and other necessary support for affected families.
In late May, relentless inter-monsoonal rains caused severe flooding and landslides in various parts of Southern Sri Lanka.
This flood disaster was the worst to hit the country since 2003.
Initial assessments indicated that at least 5,000 houses have been damaged and more than 631,000 people have been displaced from their homes with immediate need for secure shelter, food and water.
The current death toll has risen to more than 200, with many still missing.
On May 23, a group of gunmen claiming to be Islamic militants seized Marawi City in the Philippines. To date, 218,665 individuals have fled the hostilities in Marawi, seeking safety in evacuation centres or with relatives in the surrounding provinces. NASSA/Caritas Philippines launched an emergency appeal to provide support to 2,500 evacuees who have been impacted.
CHARIS is the umbrella body for overseas humanitarian aid by the Archdiocese of Singapore. Humanitarian situations include natural disasters and other adverse circumstances faced by the poor and needy.