Tropical Storm Roanu that struck Sri Lanka on 15 May 2016 caused severe flooding and numerous landslides, particularly in the west of the country.
According to the Government of Sri Lanka Disaster Management Centre, 301,602 people have been affected by the floods and landslides. 1,024 people are known to have died and 99 people are still missing.
An estimated 21,484 people still displaced as a result of the disaster and are living in camps and temporary accommodation including schools.
Sri Lanka - Torrential rains in Sri Lanka have resulted in severe flooding and landslides that have left dozens of people dead and hundreds of thousands displaced. Data from the national Disaster Management Centre shows that 340,150 people are affected across the island, with 237,240 people still in evacuation centers.
IOM has completed preliminary assessments in the worst-hit areas of Kegalle and Rathnapura districts (both located about 80 kilometres from Colombo where more than 35,000 people have been affected), as well as in the urban areas of Colombo and Gampaha.
Mahieash Johnney, Sri Lanka Red Cross @mahieash
People Affected: 21,107 Families Affected: 6,078 Deaths: 50
Houses Completely Damaged: 158 Houses Partially Damaged: 1,344 Safe locations: 96 Families in Safe Locations: 3,072 People in Safe Locations: 9,511
People Affected: 14,031 Families Affected: 3,638 Deaths: 0
Friendship between people - but more so between nations - is tested in times of need. We have every intention that this emergency aid would ease the recovery of the areas affected by the floods.
(Communicated by the MFA Spokesperson)
20,000$ of immediate disaster relief supplies from Israel will be provided today and tomorrow to the Disaster Relief Management Ministry of Sri Lanka
For Immediate Release
• Heavy rain has been affecting several areas of the country, especially the northern provinces, over the past few days, causing floods and landslides.
• As of 25 May, 1 550 people were displaced and over 520 houses were partially or fully damaged. Media also reported one dead in Santiago.
• Over the next 24 h moderate to locally heavy rain may still affect Dominican Republic, especially the areas already affected.
Sri Lanka will enact a new, nationwide building code to mitigate the risks of future floods after heavy rain inundated the capital city, Colombo, and triggered landslides in the mountainous central region, killing about 200 people.
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Singapore, 26 May 2016 – The two-men response team from Singapore Red Cross has arrived in Sri Lanka, to join the relief work of Sri Lanka Red Cross for Cyclone Roanu. Comprising Charis Chan, Head International Services and Peter Tung, auxiliary staff and active volunteer, the team participated in ground assessment/home visits, and distribution of 200 kitchen kits to homes in the most affected district, Colombo - Egodauyana, Pahala Bomiriya and Oruwala (Western Province).
Ministry of Agriculture establishing a Task Force will take steps to restore the paddy cultivation and to reconstruct the reservoirs, which were damaged due to the adverse weather condition.
The Task Force comprised with the Minister of Agriculture, State Minister and the Chairmen of the main institutions related to the ministry, has appointed an separate official for each province to coordinate the programs of this Task Force with the regional authorities.
The recent low pressure system in Indian Ocean caused heavy rainfall across Sri Lanka since 14 May 2016 causing wide spread flooding and land slid e in as m any as 19 districts, including around Colombo. Kelani Ganga is one of the main river basin in Sri Lanka which is currently experiencing large scale flooding and subsequent d am age to property and livelihoods. Kelani basin received 350 m m of total rainfall within three days (15 to 17 May 2016). The water levels of Kelani at Hanwella Gauge was 10 ft yesterday but receded to today 9 ft.
Colombo, 26 May 2016 – In response to a series of floods and landslides which swept across Sri Lanka between 14th and 22nd May, the European Commission is providing 200 000 EUR (32.8 million LKR) in humanitarian funding to assist the most affected populations. This aid will directly benefit 20 000 individuals who have been heavily impacted in five of the worst-hit districts in the country’s West, namely Colombo, home to the Sri Lankan capital, Gampaha, Puttalam, Kegalle and Kurunegala.
An area of low pressure above Sri Lanka has caused heavy rainfall across the country since 14 May 2016. Some locations saw over 350 mm (13.77 inches) of rain fall in 24 hours. Floods and landslides have caused havoc in as many as 19 districts of the country, including around Colombo. The DMC report said that since 13 May, over 200,000 people have been affected, with 134,000 currently displaced and staying in 176 relief camps set up for the victims. Almost 1,300 homes have been damaged and 68 destroyed.
By Madhu Rathnayake, Save the Children’s Communications Officer in Sri Lanka
The scene reminds me of Venice. But this is no holiday. The boat we’re travelling on is carrying us along lanes and roads which were once used by cars. Heavy rain – the most severe in 25 years – has hit Sri Lanka, causing disastrous flooding in 19 districts. Over 100,000 have been forced from their homes; tragically, at least 100 have died.
It’s the end of my first day on the emergency response mission, navigating roads that have been cut off by flooding, and it’s been tough.
First Pakistani Cargo flight with relief subsidiaries for the recent natural disaster victims in Sri Lanka arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) Katunayake, yesterday (23rd May).
The Cargo Plane brought full load of C-130 aircraft carrying priority relief items as indicated by the Sri Lankan authorities.
The relief items such as generators, shelters, tents, and medicines were handed over to the Minister for Disaster Management Anura Priyadarshana Yapa in a solemn ceremony by the High Commissioner to Pakistan in Sri Lanka Maj Gen. Syed Shakeel Hussain.
• As of 25 May, the official death toll from Tropical Cyclone ROANU in Sri Lanka is 101 people with 100 people still missing due to a landslide that happened on 17 May in Aranayaka (Kegalle). National authorities also reported 32 people injured. Over 119 000 people are still displaced. An estimated 4 600 houses have been partially or fully damaged.
• Search and rescue operations are still ongoing. Due to a lack of clean water and sanitation, there is an immediate risk of an increase in vector borne diseases.