Last week we were startled by the news that cyclone Mora caused floods and landslides in Sri Lanka. The wet season in Sri Lanka starts in May and ends in September; during this periode the country is often ravaged by heavy showers. Local news-sites state that the disaster is one of the worst-ever calamities since the 2003 floods. The south and west are the worst affected areas. The ‘Disaster Management Centre’ (DMC) reports that over 200 people have died and many people are injured or missing. The DMC issued an urgent evacuation warning instructing thousands of residents to move to safer areas.
Our production locations are not affected but unfortunately some of the employees are suffering due to the floods. At this moment they are making an inventory of the employees that are affected.
Weather seems to have cleared up but the aftermath of the floods and landslides is devastating. According to government sources, the current flood has the capacity to have long-time effect on numerous sectors of the economy – everything from agriculture to manufacturing to transportation.
We sympathize with the people of Sri Lanka and hope that the weather conditions stay stable so they can get their lives together.
We have already agreed on a contribution from the Fair-grounds Foundation to help rebuilding a school in an area with many small tea farms.