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Sri Lanka: Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 03 | August 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Climate change and delayed monsoon has caused 20% loss of paddy harvest in the country during Maha 2013

  • Foot and Mouth Disease among livestock is rapidly spreading despite control measures by the Government

  • ERC approves over $2 million CERF funding to provide humanitarian assistance to drought-affected people in Sri Lanka

  • Heavy rainfall cause havoc in the southern Sri Lanka causing 27 deaths in June 2014

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Hameedia Helps Drought-Stricken Families in North-East Sri Lanka

Hameedia recently embarked on a humanitarian mission to provide water for families most affected by the ongoing drought in North-East Sri Lanka. The Hameedia team comprising ten members visited Polonnaruwa, Sinhapura, Galloya and Higurackgoda and delivered water tanks and bottles to families most severely affected by the drought. Due to immense poverty, thousands of people in these villages did not have access to clean water and this was creating health and sanitation problems.

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More rehabilitated LTTE cadres entrusted to relatives

“I have never heard that any country that has paved the way for the development of capabilities of persons who took arms against their state and ensure they get employment,” said Minister Chandrasiri Gajadheera at a function organized to hand over rehabilitated LTTE cadres to their relatives.

Seven LTTE cadres who were rehabilitated at the Punthottam Rehabilitation Camp in Vavuniya were entrusted to their relatives yesterday. 11,970 LTTE cadres of the 12,298 who gave themselves up to the Army have so far been reintegrated into society.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 20-26 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Army provides drinking water to drought hit areas in East

Due to prevailing drought in the areas of Aluthoya, Mahamorakanda, Hathreskotuwa, and Galoya junction of the Eastern Province, a water donating campaign was conducted on Sunday (24th August) by 8th Artillery Regiment, Security Forces East with the sponsorship of The Buddhist Channel and Sambodhi Viharaya of Colombo.

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Food Security and Nutrition among the Tuberculosis infected patients: A case study among the patients screened at Chest Clinic of Medical Research Institute of Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Objectives of this study are as follows:

  • To study about the current status of Tuberculosis (TB) in Sri Lanka and the major threats and challenges to household food security due to TB: There is a lack of TB related data in Sri Lanka and this study hopes establish some key data on the current TB situation in Sri Lanka. This study also hopes to assess the major threats and challenges faced by the household of TB patients due to food insecurity.

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Innovation Offers Hope in Sri Lanka’s Poverty-Stricken North

By Amantha Perera

ODDUSUDDAN, Sri Lanka, Aug 24 2014 (IPS) - In this dust bowl of a village deep inside Sri Lanka’s former conflict zone, locals will sometimes ask visitors to rub their palms on the ground and watch their skin immediately take on a dark bronze hue, proof of the fertility of the soil.

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UN Permanent Representative Identifies Three Potent Dangers to Sri Lanka

“While we have defeated the LTTE in Sri Lanka, the organization, its ideology and its operations are very much alive in a number of western countries.

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CERF allocates US$1.7 million for emergency water and food for thousands of families in Sri Lanka

On 10 July, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) provided US$1.7 million for the provision of water and food to drought-stricken communities in Sri Lanka.

The failed annual northeast monsoon, which runs from December to February and supplies water for Sri Lanka’s agricultural production, resulted in severe crop losses and water shortages. By the end of March 2014, over 240,000 families had been affected, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Record harvest loss, food shortages hit dry Sri Lanka

Report
IRIN

In some areas in the North, North Central and Eastern Provinces, the water levels in the reservoirs will be sufficient only for drinking and that, too, will be barely enough, says one official.

IRIN:

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Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, July 2014 - Issue 12

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Regional general price inflation moderated to 5.7 percent in June after reaching 6.1 percent in May. Food price inflation slowed to 4.4 percent from 5 percent during the same period.

  • The benchmark Thai 100% B rice price rose 2.6 percent, but regional rice prices were stable.

  • Wheat prices fell annually by 3.5 percent in South Asia, and 8.2 percent in Pakistan.

  • China expects 122.6 million tonnes of wheat output this year, up 2 percent over last year.

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Assessing the Costs of Climate Change and Adaptation in South Asia

Description

With a population of 1.43 billion people, one-third of whom live in poverty, the South Asia developing members of ADB face the challenge of achieving and sustaining rapid economic growth to reduce poverty and attain other Millennium Development Goals in an era of accentuated risks posed by global climate change. Economic losses in key sectors, such as agriculture, energy, transport, health, water, coastal and marine, and tourism, are expected to be significant, rendering growth targets harder to achieve.

Highlights

Asian Development Bank:

© Asian Development Bank

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World + 47 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 13 - 19 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Immigration Detention and Community Statistics Summary - 30 June 2014

About this report

This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and Offshore Processing Centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.