More than 7000 Army personnel have now been deployed in flood-affected areas in the Wanni, Anuradhapura, Trincomalee, Polonnaruwa and Batticaloa districts for rescue and relief operations on the directions of the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake. With the coordination of District Secretariats, Navy, Air Force, Police and the Disaster Management Centre, Major General Boniface Perera, Commander, Security Force Headquarters - Wanni (SFHQ-W) has launched an emergency contingency plan for rescue and relief operations in the Wanni and Anuradhapura districts.
But more needs to be done to further enhance resilience
22 December 2014, Bangkok/Rome - Ten years after the world's worst natural disaster in living memory roared across the shorelines of South and Southeast Asia, countries in the region are better prepared to deal with tragedies like the Indian Ocean Tsunami, but there is still room for improvement, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.
I’m living at Manakandal GND in Mullaitivu District with my three children. I got injured by shelling during last battle in my stomach. There are shells into my stomach without remove. I had problem to do hard work, out of my home to cate my family. I struggled a lot to manage daily life without fix income.
The Disaster Management Centre said that spill gates of several tanks including the Kalawewa, Rajanganaya, Tisawewa, Nuwarawewa, Nachchaduwa, and Mahakanadarawa tanks have been opened.
According to the Water Management Unit of the Department of Agrarian Development the opening of spill gates were done due to water levels of 300 tanks in the Anuradhapira District alone have reached the danger level as a result of continuous rain.
Manilla, 18 December 2014 – As we approach the ten-year anniversary of the devastating Indian Ocean Tsunami, UN-Habitat draws attention to the results achieved in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Maldives, and the lessons learned. UN-Habitat now contributes to various humanitarian clusters, especially shelter and WASH, and supports the global community as the focal point for House, Land and Property issues.
75 houses to be constructed for the affected families
The resettlement of the families affected by the recent landslide in Meeriyabedde in Koslanda got off the ground today (18th December). Commencing the project Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa laid the foundation stone for the new housing scheme during a ceremony held there this morning.
By David Tereshchuk*
December 18, 2014—UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, was drawn into the island country of Sri Lanka by the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami that occurred on December 26, 2004.
The massive tidal waves, high force winds and torrential rains caused havoc throughout the region, and Sri Lanka was especially hard-hit. An estimated 40,000 Sri Lankans were killed, and almost a million people there suffered the upheaval of lost homes and livelihoods.
By Linda Bloom
Dec. 17, 2014 | NEW YORK (UMNS)
When the Rev. Henry Leono surveyed Banda Aceh 18 days after a deadly tsunami all but obliterated the Indonesia city, he found the devastation difficult to accept.
General inflation in the region continued to slow, falling to 3.7 percent from 3.8 percent, while food price inflation was unchanged.
Nominal rice prices rose 7.7 percent in South Asia in October.
In Afghanistan retail prices for wheat and wheat flour fell by a respective 2 percent and 4.9 percent in expectation of an above-average harvest.
Rice prices in India rose 18 percent year-on-year.
Remembering the Tsunami: A Decade of Strengthening Humanitarian Response
Ten years ago, the global community faced what was one of the biggest tests of humanitarianism in recent history.
On Dec. 26, 2004, an earthquake rumbled off the coast of Indonesia, triggering a series of devastating tsunamis that struck 14 countries across the Indian Ocean. At least 228,000 people lost their lives and millions more were left homeless.
The unprecedented £392m donated by the generous UK public to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Tsunami Earthquake Appeal ten years ago not only provided homes for tens of thousands of people, it helped change the way humanitarian agencies respond to large-scale disasters, the DEC said today.
Speaking at the press briefing held yesterday (16th Dec) Commander Security Forces Headquarters-West Major General U. A. B Medawela mentioned that, over 90 percent of the reconstruction activities of damaged houses and commercial buildings in Beruwala-Aluthgama areas have been completed in a rapid response at a cost of 123 million rupees.