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21 Jul 2017 description

by Mahieash Johnney, Sri Lanka Red Cross Society

Saumya Sanesha reads a headline in one of the local newspapers which says, “Worst dengue outbreak in Sri Lanka; 298 deaths.” As she heads out the door, she thinks about the importance her day’s assignment and all the people in her community whose lives are at risk.

21 Jul 2017 description

Sri Lanka Army released 189 acres of land situated in the Security Force Headquarters - Mullaittivu (SFHQ-MLT) Army Cantonment premises on Wednesday (19th July), states Army media sources.

With the release of this land, families who were living elsewhere will be able to return to their original places of residence in Keppapilavu. The land was handed over to the Maritimepattu Divisional Secretary in the presence the Mullaitivu District Secretary by Brigadier General Staff, SFHQ-MLT during the ceremony.

21 Jul 2017 description

During the last 07 month of the year 2017, 98390 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island. Latest Disease Trends,

Approximately 42.26% of dengue cases were reported from the Western province. The highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the 27 week of 2017.

21 Jul 2017 description

20/07/2017 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society & the Singapore Red Cross entered into a memorandum of understanding to provide relief and care for the people affected by the recent floods and landslides in Sri Lanka.

20 Jul 2017 description

SG/SM/18619

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General commends the Government of Sri Lanka for establishing the Office of Missing Persons, a significant milestone for all Sri Lankans still searching for the truth about their missing loved ones.

The United Nations stands ready to support this process and the Secretary-General looks forward to the Office of Missing Persons becoming operational as soon as possible, starting with the appointment of independent commissioners.

20 Jul 2017 description

FCO launches its Annual Human Rights report for 2016

Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy puts human rights centre stage of foreign policy.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has published its 2016 Annual Human Rights Report. The report covers the period from January to December 2016 and for the first time includes a dedicated section on modern slavery - a key UK Government priority.

20 Jul 2017 description

During the last 07 month of the year 2017, 97125 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island. Latest Disease Trends,

Approximately 42.26% of dengue cases were reported from the Western province. The highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the 27 week of 2017.

This situation warrants regular removal of possible mosquito breeding sites from the environment. It is also important to seek medical attention in the event of fever by day three of the illness. Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 July 2017 10:20

20 Jul 2017 description

Today I joined Sri Lankan Minister of Foreign Affairs Karunanayake to announce the Australian Government will provide life-saving support through the World Health Organization (WHO) to help combat a severe dengue outbreak in Sri Lanka.

Dengue is an insidious virus that emerges quickly when the conditions are right and in its severe form, it can be fatal. According to WHO, 50 to 100 million infections occur each year in over 100 countries – putting almost half the world's population at risk.

20 Jul 2017 description

Cabinet of Ministers this week approved a joint proposal made by Minister Faizer Musthafa and Minister Sagala Rathnayake to implement several immediate steps for the prevention of irregular waste disposal in Colombo and suburbs and Dengue prevention.

These steps were decided at the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremeinghe.

19 Jul 2017 description

Secretary to the President, Austin Fernando held a special meeting with the Operation Committee on Dengue Prevention today (19th July) at the Presidential Secretariat.

Heads of the Institutions of health sector joined this meeting.

As the 30 percent of dengue patients are school children, the Committee suggested handing over the responsibility of making the school premises free from dengue mosquitoes to the Principals of the schools. Accordingly, all Principals of the island will be educated on this regard through the Secretary to the Education Ministry.

19 Jul 2017 description

From 1 January to 7 July 2017, the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health (MoH) Sri Lanka reported 80 732 dengue fever cases, including 215 deaths. This is a 4.3 fold higher than the average number of cases for the same period between 2010 and 2016, and the monthly number of cases exceeds the mean plus three standard deviations for each of the past six months. Based on sentinel site surveillance for the past seven years the expected peak months of May to July coincides with the south-western monsoon which commences in late April.

19 Jul 2017 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

Economic and Social Impact of Disasters and Climate Risks in South Asia

18 Jul 2017 description

GENEVA (18 July 2017) – Sri Lanka continues to use torture against people detained on national security grounds, and its progress on human rights, reforms and justice remain woefully slow, a United Nations rights expert has concluded at the end of an official fact-finding mission.

All the evidence points to the fact that the use of torture was “routine and endemic” against people held under the deeply-flawed Prevention of Terrorism Act, said the Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson.

18 Jul 2017 description

by Amantha Perera

COLOMBO, July 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - During Sri Lanka's May floods, rescue crews in Kiriella, a small town in Rathnapura District, spotted a remarkable sight.

A middle-aged woman, trudging through waist-deep floodwater, clutched a rooster carefully above the torrent, while a small girl struggled to hold onto the woman's waist, at times barely able to keep her head above water.

18 Jul 2017 description

Sri Lankan community in Dubai and the Northern Emirates donated AED 58,150 (Approximately Rs.2, 500, 000) in cash in addition to four consignments of essential items for the flood affected people of Sri Lanka.

This initiative was mooted after a meeting convened in the Consulate General of Sri Lanka on 1st June 2017 with the presence of the representatives of the Sri Lankan Associations with regard to streamlining the donations routed to Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the floods, in line with the requirement of the Government.

18 Jul 2017 description

Widespread flooding and mudslides in Sri Lanka have killed at least 212 people and affected more than half a million residents. In late May, heavy monsoon rains swept away homes, clinics, schools, roads and water systems in 15 of the island’s 25 districts. 79 people remain missing. Many do not have access to clean water, adequate sanitation facilities and hygiene supplies. The monsoon rains are the worst to hit Sri Lanka since 2003.

18 Jul 2017 description

Adding strength to the national Dengue eradication programme, the Sri Lanka Army established another temporary medical laboratory at the Kiribathgoda base hospital premises on Friday (14the July) in order to expedite the pre-screening of blood samples for diagnosis of Dengue patients, states Army media sources.

17 Jul 2017 description

82 543 cases

250 deaths

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • There is an increase in the number of dengue cases in Sri Lanka this year. Since January until 7th July 2017, as many as 82,543 dengue cases, including 250 deaths, have been reported by the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine.

  • The number of cases this year is three-and-a-half times more than the average number of cases for the same period between 2010 and 2016.