In May 2017, extraordinarily heavy rains brought floods and suffering to people living in the interior, in several parts of Sri Lanka. The most urgent need was for food and water. Both the Barberyn Reef and Barberyn Beach kitchens were cooking and preparing packets of warm food that have been taken to the most inaccessible places.
Each resort has prepared up to 1,000 packets of food every day. As the rain has become lighter, people have started going back to their homes wherever possible. Their need now is for dry rations and clothes – the Sahana Foundation is providing this.