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Up to 200 children lost their family members during attacks.

Up to 200 children have lost their family members as a result of the Easter Sunday attacks, and some of them are breadwinners, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) said. SLRCS said that some of the families affected by the incidents have suddenly lost their source of income and might not have sufficient savings and money to resume back to normal life.

Besides, there are more than 500 people injured from the incidents, among those, it has been identified that 75 families' livelihood have different degrees of disruption. Some of them will not be able to go to work due to injuries, and some lost their physical ability to work.

Following the Easter Sunday attack, SLRCS did a rapid needs assessment and it was identified that there is a need to provide psychological first aid (PFA) to the people who were directly affected by the incident especially the survivors, witnesses and those families who have lost their family members, SLRCS said. "They may struggle with or face new challenges following the event.

By providing PFA, SLRCS aims to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events and to foster short and long-term adaptive functioning and coping," SLRCS said. Besides, there are more than 500 people injured from the incidents, among those, it has been identified that 75 families' livelihood have different degrees of disruption.

Some of them will not be able to go to work due to injuries, and some lost their physical ability to work. SLRCS also said thatInter-ethnic anxiety has risen in the affected districts as well as in the country in general.

There are a lot of uncertainties, tension and panic among people, due to ongoing threats of another round of explosions, ongoing security checking across country, suspicion about terrorists and state of emergency being issued. SLRCS is conducting the detailed needs assessment at the moment, upon which specific needs will be identified, which will be addressed through longer term programming.

(Colombo Gazette

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Date:May 7, 2019
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