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22 Jun 2016 description

Working Paper 31

Richard Mallett, Jessica Hagen-Zanker, Rachel Slater and Georgina Sturge

This paper shows findings from a cross-country panel survey which took place in five conflict-affected countries: DRC, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Uganda. The aim of the survey was to explore people’s experiences, perceptions and expectations of the state and local governance actors with regards to basic service delivery, social protection and livelihoods in fragile and conflict-affected situations.

22 Jun 2016 description

AUTHORS

Lisa Denney, Richard Mallett, Dyan Mazurana

The briefing paper explores the relationship between service delivery, peace-building, and state legitimacy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Uganda. It finds that the level of access people have to basic services does not tend to be related to how legitimate they perceive their government to be. However, the more problems people encounter with services, the worse they think of their governments.

22 Jun 2016 description

EUROPEAN COMMISSION PRESS RELEASE

Colombo, 22 June 2016 – The European Commission is providing a further € 500 000 (LKR 81 640 000) in humanitarian funding to Sri Lanka to bring emergency assistance to communities affected by Tropical Storm Roanu, which wreaked havoc across large parts of the country last month.

22 Jun 2016 description

Situation Overview

  • As of 21 June 2016, 280,444 people are affected by flooding and landslides according to the Sri Lanka Disaster Management Centre (DMC). 96 deaths have been confirmed, with 4877 people displaced and staying in 65 safe locations. The safe locations are in Colombo, Gampaha, Kegalle, Nuwara-Eliya, Kandy and Matale districts.

  • 99 people remain missing due to a landslide in Aranayake, Kegalle District which devastated 3 villages.

21 Jun 2016 description

Kushan Kirana Ayung, Chairman of the Lion Air and the Sangha Theravada Indonesia, together with Ven. Prof. Bellanwila Wimalaratana Anunayake thero has made some financial donations to assist the people affected by the recent floods and landslides.

The donations worth Rs.2.5 million and Rs.500,000 were received by President Maithripala Sirisena today (21st June) at the Presidential Secretariat.

21 Jun 2016 description

On Monday, the National Police Headquarter informed Hungarian news agency MTI that between Friday and Sunday 442 people crossing the border illegally were apprehended in Hungary, proceedings for people smuggling were launched in four cases.

According to the statistics published on the Police’s website, on Friday 201, on Saturday 84 and on Sunday 157 were apprehended.

18 Jun 2016 description

Lhoknga, Indonesia | Saturday 6/18/2016 - 07:06 GMT

Dozens of Sri Lankan migrants stranded on a boat off Indonesia were allowed to come ashore Saturday after a tense stand-off, but local authorities insist they will still be towed back to sea.

The 44 migrants, who include many women and children, were allowed to disembark in Aceh province and take refuge in tents, a week after their Indian-flagged vessel broke down en route to Australia.

18 Jun 2016 description

Media Statement from WHO South-East Asia Regional Office

The South-East Asia Region of the World Health Organization (WHO), comprising of 11 countries including India, continues to be polio free. No child has been afflicted by wild poliovirus since the last case was reported from West Bengal, India, in January 2011.

18 Jun 2016 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wetlands currently cover about 20 square kilometres of the Colombo Metropolitan Area, but they have been degraded and lost at a rate of 1.2% (58 acres) per year.

  • Their loss results in a proportional decrease in water storage capacity and increases the risk of floods. Without wetlands, Colombo would lose 1% of its GDP on average each year due to flood damage similar to the floods that paralysed the city in November 2010.

17 Jun 2016 description

As the United Nations Human Rights Council meets in Geneva this month, it’s time to assess how far Sri Lanka has come since last year’s passage of a landmark resolution to promote reconciliation, accountability and human rights.

17 Jun 2016 description

Lhoknga, Indonesia | AFP | Friday 6/17/2016 - 06:53 GMT

Indonesian authorities faced pressure Friday to allow dozens of Sri Lankan migrants stranded on a boat for almost a week to disembark, as witnesses said a warning shot was fired in chaotic scenes near the vessel.

The 44 migrants, who include many women and children, have been stuck on the Indian-flagged vessel resting in shallow waters off Aceh province since last Saturday after it broke down en route to Australia.

17 Jun 2016 description

The distribution of readymade school uniform to children affected in the recent floods in the Colombo region was carried out by Sri Lanka Army on Wednesday (15th June 2015).

Parts of areas around Colombo and several other parts across the island were badly affected by floods caused by severe weather conditions last month. Many heavily populated areas in Kolonnawa, Wellampitiya, Orugodawatte, Meetotamulla and Angoda were inundated by the rising waters of the Kalani river for days.

16 Jun 2016 description

The Indonesian central government should allow dozens of Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers, including a pregnant woman and nine children, who have reached the coast of Lhoknga, Aceh, to disembark and meet UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) officials, Amnesty International said today.

“These people have endured a long and difficult journey already. Now that they have reached land in Aceh, they should be allowed to disembark and meet UNHCR officials,” said Josef Benedict, Amnesty International’s Director of Campaigns for South East Asia and the Pacific.