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21 Nov 2014 description

Rome, Yogyakarta, 21 November 2014 – The Jesuit Refugee Service observes with deep sadness yet another sudden retroactive change in the policy of Australia towards people seeking international protection in Southeast Asia. Yesterday, the government of Australia announced its decision to stop the resettlement of refugees who had registered with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Indonesia on or after the 1 July 2014. The number of refugees resettled by Australia from Indonesia will also be further reduced in 2015.

19 Nov 2014 description

North Western Naval Command held a Health Camp recently at the Roman Catholic Tamil Mixed School in Mannar.

The North Western Province Naval Command under the leadership of the Commander North Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Piyal De Silva organized this health camp for the benefit of newly resettled families as part of the Sri Lanka Navy's community development and social responsibility project .

The people who were resettled in the villages of Pukkulam, Karadakkuli and Marichchikaddi South in the Mannar District attended the Health Camp.

19 Nov 2014 description

Ending of separatist conflict helped the government to channel funds from the war effort to grant relief to people in the 2015 budget, Plantations Industries Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said in Parliament.

Minister Samarasinghe said so while participating in the third reading debate on budget 2015 on the 13th allocated day today (18).

18 Nov 2014 description

FMR 48
November 2014

The role of faith in the humanitarian sector is not easy to measure. Faiths generally advocate welcoming the stranger and there are many organisations and individuals inspired by their faith or religion to provide protection and assistance. Yet it is easier to measure the activities inspired by faith than to measure the difference that having that faith makes, and secularly inspired standards for such activities can appear to be in tension with the faith inspiration. FMR 48 includes 36 articles on ‘Faith’ plus seven ‘general’ articles.

18 Nov 2014 description

Snapshot 12–18 November

Ethiopia: Waters have begun to recede from Leitchuor refugee camp in Gambella, but few refugees have returned to the camps so far, where alarming rates of severe malnutrition persist: 5.7% in Leitchuor, 7.8% in Kule, and 10% in Tierkidi. In SNNPR, flooding was reported, while in Oromia, water trucking has begun for populations affected by drought.

18 Nov 2014 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) For the fifth year, Salesian Missions has received funding from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration to conduct its New Beginnings program assisting Sri Lankan Refugees in Tamil Nadu, India. To date, close to 2,500 refugees have received vocational training scholarships through the program.

17 Nov 2014 description
report Inter Press Service

By Amantha Perera

COLOMBO, Nov 17 2014 (IPS) - Of the thousands of landslide-prone villages he has visited and worked with, R M S Bandara, a high-ranking official from Sri Lanka’s National Building Resources Organisation (NBRO), says only one has made him sit up and take note.

Keribathgala, located in the Ratnapura District about 120 km southeast of the capital, Colombo, is the only village out of thousands that keeps a regular tab on the rain gauge donated by the Disaster Management Ministry’s NBRO, the focal point for all landslide-related services in the country.

17 Nov 2014 description

INDONESIA

Continued heavy rains caused more flooding and landslides across Indonesia. Flooding has killed one person and damaged 30 houses in West Sumatra Province and inundated 372 houses in Riau Province. In West Java Province, a landslide injured three people and flash floods from the Cisangli River inundated approximately 220 houses, affecting 1,200 people.

Flooding affected over 53,000 people in Aceh Barat Daya and Aceh Jaya Districts.

17 Nov 2014 description

Parliament on Thursday through a motion moved in the House gave approval to extend the time limit granted to the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) appointed to formulate a political solution to the country's ethnic issue. Chief Government Whip, Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, on behalf of the Chairman of the PSC and the Leader of the House, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva told parliament that the term of the PSC will be extended by another six months .

Accordingly, the term of the PSC, which was earlier set to conclude on 21 December 2014, has been extended to 12 May 2015.

17 Nov 2014 description

Missing Persons Commission to consider

Whether LTTE was subjected to international humanitarian law

14 Nov 2014 description
South Asia version 1
Technical Annex - version 1

The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2015/01000

AMOUNT: EUR 23 000 000

1. CONTEXT

This HIP covers the response to natural and man-made disasters as well as disaster preparedness, disaster risk reduction and resilience activities in South Asia. For the response to natural and man-made disasters, this HIP focuses largely on Bangladesh, India and Nepal, with the potential for interventions to new disasters also in Sri Lanka .

14 Nov 2014 description

In 2014, after the northeast monsoon failed, crops were damaged by the prolonged drought and water supplies dried up in many regions of Sri Lanka. In July 2014, the Emergency Relief Coordinator approved a US$2 million rapid response CERF grant to support humanitarian partners providing live-saving aid to thousands of people.

A World Food Programme (WFP)-led Rapid Drought Assessment estimated that 770,000 people were affected by the drought. WFP received a $1.7 million CERF-grant to assist 190,000 people in urgent need of food assistance.

13 Nov 2014 description

Bangkok, Thailand, 13 Nov 2014 -- A global initiative to improve the way agricultural statistics are compiled at country level has taken another step forward in Asia and the Pacific, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) announced today.

13 Nov 2014 description

On October 29th 2014, at 7:30 am a landslide struck the village of Koslanda in the Haldummulla division of Badulla district in Sri Lanka. The landslide was triggered by the monsoon rains, which lasted a few days in a raw and killed at least 16 people and left an estimated 200 missing. Right after the tragedy, AMDA HQs decided to conduct the emergency relief activities to help the affected people.