UN to call for aid to help Sri Lanka flood victims

KARAITHIVU, Sri Lanka  — The United Nations said it will launch an emergency appeal for funds to help those affected by floods that have ravaged eastern Sri Lanka for days, as the death toll in the flooding rose to 32 on Saturday.
With vast rice fields that were ready for harvesting inundated, many in the region have had their livelihoods disrupted. UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Neil Buhne said in a statement late Friday that the world body will call for millions of dollars in aid to help replant the fields and compensate those who have lost money due to the floods.