Sadly over twenty people have lost their lives in these devastating floods and hundreds of thousands of people have been affected with many losing their homes and livelihoods. The priority now must be helping them.
The floods will also cause longer term problems. They have destroyed acres of rice fields which could put food supply at risk and have raised the risk of water-borne diseases like typhoid.
The people of Sri Lanka will need help, both immediately and in the long-term, and the UK and the international community must be ready to help provide that support
Many people in the UK will be worried about their friends and relatives in Sri Lanka and I am urging the UK government to do all they can to help them get in touch with their loved ones.