Asian Disaster Management News Vol. 8, No. 4 October-December 2002
With the opening up of its economy in the mid-1980s, Sri Lanka saw rapid development and growth, especially in the hill regions. It was also during this period that the country witnessed an escalation in landslide disasters and therefore the two events have been linked. To cite an example, in 1986 following unprecedented rain, more than 51 lives were lost, 10,000 families were rendered homeless and most development plans in the troubled areas came to a grinding halt.
This document supplements the ICRC's Headquarters Appeal 2003and contains:
- an overview of the ICRC's operations in 2003
- a description of its presence in the field
- a breakdown of its operational organization
- a description of its target populations
- a concise description of its programmes
- a brief description of its 63 delegations
- overall budget amounts
- overall budget and budgets by programme for each delegation
The Federation's mission is to improve
the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It
is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers
are active in 178 countries. For more information: www.ifrc.org
Appeal Target CHF 2,948,770. Budget revised to CHF 2,964,976
Social Indicator (SI) carried out its Study of Public Perceptions in the Jaffna peninsular for the third time in 2002.
This bulletin is for information only. The Federation is not seeking any funding or other assistance from donors for this operation at this time.
GENEVA, Dec. 26 (UNHCR) - They returned by foot or occasionally on horseback. They came jammed in pickups, on motor scooters and buses. Groups of families surrounded by donkeys, suitcases, satellite dishes and huge wooden beams from their old homes, perched precariously atop convoys of trucks resembling overcrowded fairground gondolas swathed in a kaleidoscope of colors.
By Scott McDonald
COLOMBO, (Reuters) - Tamil Tiger rebels accused the Sri Lankan military on Thursday of undermining the island's peace process in their toughest verbal attack since a truce to stop two decades of war was signed in February.
The Tigers said demands by the Sri Lanka Army that the rebels disarm as a condition for the relaxation of the military's high security zones in the north and east "has a diabolical motive of disrupting the current peace effort".
After the two sides met on a subcommittee on de-escalation and normalisation earlier …
The Sub-committee on De-escalation and Normalisation comprising government and LTTE representatives have decided to resettle civilians in a limited geographical area within a High Security Zone in the Jaffna Peninsula, senior government officials said yesterday.
The resettlement will be done according to an integrated plan currently being prepared that will ensure the safety of the civilians concerned as well as the security of the military installations, these officials said.
by Dilhani Thantirimudalige - Communications Associate
The Landmine Update is the International Campaign to Ban Landmines quarterly newsletter. This edition is followed by a calendar of upcoming events (available online). To date, 130 countries have ratified the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, and an additional 16 have signed it. The most recent accessions are Afghanistan (11 September), Comoros (19 September) and Central African Republic (8 November), while recent ratifications include Cameroon (19 September) and Gambia (23 September).
Today the Government has decided on a new country strategy for development cooperation with Sri Lanka for the period 2003-2007.
The negotiations in progress between the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have been successful so far and inspire hope that peace will finally be reached after the deadly civil war that has plagued the country since 1983.
The Minister for Development Cooperation, Migration and Asylum Policy, Jan O.
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2002/0232
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Sri Lanka - Floods
Author/Origin: SLCBL (email@example.com)
At a United Nations Headquarters Press Conference today, Olara Otunnu, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, launched a new report, in which the Secretary-General provides for the Security Council's review a list of parties in conflict situations who continue to recruit and use child soldiers.
COLOMBO, Dec 17 (AFP) - Over 70,000 families have been made homeless in eastern Sri Lanka due to floods after heavy rains, local officials said Tuesday.
The district of Batticaloa was the worst affected with over 60,000 families forced to leave their flooded homes, officials said, adding that heavy rain had lashed the region for four straight days.
Government officials said they had mobilised volunteers to help provide flood victims with temporary shelter and food.
NOW IT'S TIME TO COME UP WITH SOLUTIONS
- On December 13 (Fri), the Government
of Japan decided to extend an emergency grant aid of about 1,620,000 dollars
to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
as emergency assistance for Sri Lankan returnees.
2. In Sri Lanka, a civil war which had continued for about 20 years gave rise to more than 800,000 internally displaced persons, especially in the northern and eastern parts of the country which were conflict areas. By September this year, more than 180,000 returned to their homes on their own.