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Sri Lanka: Variable rains and flooding impact on rice harvest

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IRIN
COLOMBO, 1 April 2008 (IRIN) - Changing rainfall patterns in Sri Lanka have prompted later paddy planting by farmers and affected the country's overall rice yield, government officials said.

Traditionally, rice farmers would begin planting in early October for the Maha harvest - the main growing season in the country.

However, variable rainfall in that month over the past two decades has pushed farmers to wait until the rains arrive, sometimes as late as the end of the month.

"For about 15 years we have noticed

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Afghanistan + 6 others
Hunger's global hotspots: 01 Apr 2008

Introduction

Rome, 1 April 2008 - Facts, figures and the lastest updates from WFP's high profile emergencies.

Afghanistan

During the past week, the AGEs (anti-government element) torched two schools (Mia Abdul Hakim and Haji Arab Schools) located in Kandahar city. Mia Abdul Hakim high school is one of the newly built schools under OGATA project. The building, furniture, books, fortified biscuits and vegetable oil for distribution to students were destroyed.

Afghan refugees in Pakistan have reportedly been returning voluntarily to Afghanistan in the past weeks. The deadline

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Sri Lanka: Humanitarian Access (as of 31 Mar 2008)

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Sri Lanka: Humanitarian Access in IDP Areas (as of 13 Mar 2008)

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India + 7 others
Tsunami Emergency and Recovery Revised Plan and Budget 2005 - 2010 Appeal No. M04EA028 Ops Update No. 63

INDONESIA, SRI LANKA, MALDIVES, THAILAND, MYANMAR, INDIA, BANGLADESH, SOMALIA, SEYCHELLES, REGIONAL AND GLOBAL SUPPORT

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 over 186 countries.

In Brief

Emergency and Recovery Plan and Budget (Appeal No. 28/2004)
Ops. Update no. 63
Period covered: December 2004 to December 2010
Appeal coverage: 97%

Operational summary: Three years

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Sri Lankan rebels say freed 22 child soldiers

COLOMBO, March 31, 2008 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers Monday said they had released 22 child soldiers and disputed figures from the United Nations Children's Fund that the rebels still had hundreds of under-age fighters.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said they were also trying to locate families of 20 children still within their ranks.

The guerrillas accused UNICEF, which lists several hundred children in LTTE ranks, of not updating its database.

The rebels said another 41 child soldiers remained within their ranks but could not be released because most of them

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Sri Lanka: A new school for tsunami-hit children

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Plan
By Chandani Jayatilleke, Communications Manager, Plan Sri Lanka

When the 2004 tsunami devastated 13 coastal areas in Sri Lanka, the surviving children were left with nothing.

Not only did they lose their homes, friends and family, but also their schools and livelihoods. Hambantota was one of the worst affected areas, with many schoolchildren forced to join classes in neighboring communities, causing overcrowding and straining on resources.

Yet four years later, the children have a brand new school of their own in one of the biggest ever projects taken

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Sri Lanka: Batticaloa district - Status of IDP Resettlement (as of 28 Mar 2008)

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Sri Lanka - ICRC Bulletin No. 02 / 2008

Latest report on ICRC activities in the field

ICRC oversees safe passage of nearly 25,000 civilians

Additional security measures introduced by the Sri Lankan government at the Medawachchiya checkpoint in Anuradhapura and the Omanthai crossing point in Vavuniya slowed down the movement of civilians between areas controlled by the government and those held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), and left many commercial vehicles stranded. The ICRC responded to a government request to help clear the tailback of trucks waiting to cross at Omanthai by extending its presence

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Lutheran World Relief responds to Sri Lanka flooding

Baltimore, March 28, 2008 - Lutheran World Relief is providing emergency food rations to approximately 200 children under the age of 6 who have been displaced from their homes by recent torrential rains in Sri Lanka.

More than 7,000 people were forced from their homes by floods in Sri Lanka's Batticaloa region last week. Many of those people had already been displaced by fighting between the government and the Tamil Tiger rebels, and are now forced to move again.

Lutheran World Relief is working with the YMCA of Batticaloa to provide food rations to children in eight camps

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Ethnic violence claims 25 in Sri Lanka: government

COLOMBO, March 27, 2008 (AFP) - Two policemen escorting a Japanese aid worker died in a roadside blast on Wednesday, while fighting in the island's north killed 19 rebels, one soldier and three civilians, the government said.

The aid worker, visiting an irrigation project in the eastern district of Batticaloa, narrowly escaped the mine attack, but the officers providing security died, the Japanese embassy here said.

"Our national is safe, but we are saddened that two Sri Lankan policemen died," an official said.

The attack also injured five people,

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India + 3 others
The role of coastal forests in the mitigation of tsunami impacts

Foreword

The role of coastal forests in the mitigation of tsunami impacts unexpectedly became a hotly debated topic in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, which ranked amongst the most devastating natural disasters in recent history. A proportion of the reconstruction and rehabilitation effort was focussed on rehabilitation of coastal forests, which early information suggested had been extensively damaged by the tsunami. Information from a range of sources also suggested that mangroves and other coastal forests mitigated the effects of the tsunami. These factors and

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The state of human rights in Sri Lanka

Since Sri Lanka is to be subject in a few weeks to the Universal Periodic Review of the United Nations Human Rights Council, it has been the subject of a spate of attacks by many organizations with interests in this subject.

Since Sri Lanka is to be subject in a few weeks to the Universal Periodic Review of the United Nations Human Rights Council, it has been the subject of a spate of attacks by many organizations with interests in this subject.

Though many of them repeat the same points, with more or less exaggeration and unwarranted generalization, it is sadly

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World Bank supports water resources planning and dams safety in Sri Lanka

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World Bank
WASHINGTON, March 27, 2008: In support of the Government of Sri Lanka's efforts to ensure safety of the public from risks of ageing dams and manage its water resources the World Bank today approved a US$65.33 million credit for the Sri Lanka Dam Safety and Water Resources Planning Project.

The project aims to improve operational efficiency of 80 dams and establish sustainable institutional arrangements for safety management and operations and maintenance of major dams in the country. Special attention will be paid to the safety of 32 dams that have

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Sri Lanka: Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar, Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara districts Situation Report # 119

20 -27 Mar 2008

IDP trends as reported this week by GAs

Location Number of Families Number of Individuals
Jaffna
displaced before Dec 2005
displaced after Jan 2006

23,771

83,480
6,725
23.656
Kilinochchi
13,386
51,487
Mullaitivu
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Sri Lanka: Newly resettled IDPs dream of life without war

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IRIN
VAVUNATHIVU, 26 March 2008 (IRIN) - The last 18 years of Kanavathipillai Thangarasa's life have been in constant flux. The 62-year-old man and his family have been displaced from their home on numerous occasions since 1990 by fighting in eastern Sri Lanka between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

In 1991, his 15-year-old son disappeared while travelling to the capital, Colombo, 330km from his native village Vavunathivu in Batticaloa District. The strain of those years shows on Thangarasa's face, which is dominated by wrinkles and heavy-set eyes.

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Sri Lanka: Rs. 7.1 Million for those marooned by torrential rains - Minister Rishad Bathiudeen

Incessant heavy rainfall during the past few days created havoc in 10 districts causing immense hardships to people in the area. As a result of this natural calamity, 8 persons have been recorded dead and 6 persons have sustained injuries. 2 persons each from Bibile and Passara, 01 person from Haputhale and 03 persons from Divulapitiya have died. 03 persons from Badulla and 03 persons from Divulapitiya have been reported injured. Presently 91194 families comprising 381460 persons have been affected. Minister Rishad Bathiudeen stated that his Ministry