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30 Jun 2011 description

Mahieash Johnney in Sri Lanka

Following a disaster, National Societies often discover that small changes in a community can have the largest impact. This is especially the case when taking the hygiene and sanitation messages to communities devastated by the 2004 Asian tsunami. In Sri Lanka, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) and its partner National Societies have been involved in bringing clean water to thousands of people in the final part of a comprensive water and sanitation programme.

30 Jun 2011 description

Volume 2, Issue 2, April to June 2011

Dengue: Lessons, Challenges and New Approaches


Introduction. Demographic factors, such as age and sex, are associated with the likelihood of exposure to Aedes aegypti, the vector for dengue. However, dengue date disaggregated by both sex and ageare not routinely reported or analyzed by national surveillance systems. This study analysed the reported number of incident dengue cases by age and sex for six countries in Asia.

29 Jun 2011 description

Mahieash Johnney in Sri Lanka

Acres and acres of green paddy fields welcome us and we drive along the road from Ampara to Pottuvil in Eastern Sri Lanka. The road is full of men and women travelling on bicycles and farmers herding water buffaloes; sights common to this part of the island.

As a journalist, I travelled the same route in mid-2005 but the scenery was very different then.

29 Jun 2011 description

Only 14, 725 to be resettled

The total number of IDPs is now reduced to 14, 725 with the Government's expedited resettlement process. This number includes 13 566 IDPs in Menik Farm Relief Village and 1, 159 IDPs in Jaffna Ramavil transit camp.

29 Jun 2011 description

917 more civilians of 285 families were resettled at Wallipuram in Puthukuduirippu area after completing de-mining operations underwent in the area today, 28th June.

Puthukuduirippu Assistant Government Agent (AGA) Mr S. Jayakanthan speaking to defence.lk said that each family was given Rs 20,000.00 to facilitate them to strengthen their livelihood. Further he said that Sri Lanka army collaborating with several NGOs made their maximum contribution to demining operations taken place before the resettlement.


29 Jun 2011 description

By Anthony H. Cordesman, Andrew C. Gagel Jun 29, 2011

The Burke Chair has prepared two new reports on terrorism in North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia: 2007-2010. These reports draw on unclassified US reporting by the National Counterterrorism Center and the US Department of State.

27 Jun 2011 description

VAVUNIYA: Following unserviceable military items have been recovered by the field engineer troops and the DDG, MAG and MMIPE de mining teams in the suburbs of VAVUNIYA yesterday (26).

AP mines 85

A civilian belt 01

LTTE belt order 01

Batteries 04

Jungle ration packets 02

Electric mines 04

Jumping mines 01

KILINOCHCHI: The field engineer troops have recovered 2 feet detonator code and 4kg of C4 explosives mixed with soil in the MULANKAWIL area yesterday (26).

27 Jun 2011 description

Another programme has been launched for the development of schools to strengthen the right to education of the children in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. The new programme was launched to develop schools in the most remote areas in Jaffna under the supervision of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

Measures have been taken to improve the building facilities in Mahajana College in Thellippalai in the first phase. A three storied building consisting of class rooms, laboratory and library facilities is being constructed at the cost of 25 million rupees.

26 Jun 2011 description

(Hong Kong, June 26, 2011) On the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Pictures by the Wayside and the Asian Human Rights Commission, present explaining why torture remains a key problem in Asia. The 15 minute video explains why torture is one of the most difficult human rights issues to address, why the continued use of torture plays such a central role in Asian societies, and how it affects victims. The video is online available at

24 Jun 2011 description


  • Between 1‐31 May 2011, 171 people (58 families) arrived from Menik Farm and Kodikamam Ramavil camps in their areas of origin in Mullaitivu District (Maritimepattu Divisional Secretariat Division) and Kilinochchi District (Karachchi Divisional Secretariat Division). Approximately 2,130 IDPs (620 families) living with host families also returned to their homes in Maritimepattu and Oddusuddan Divisional Secretariat Divisions (DSD), in Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi Districts respectively.

24 Jun 2011 description


Disasters, with ever increasing frequency and intensity, are a major humanitarian concern. But disasters can be mitigated and their impact minimised if people take steps to reduce risks. Disaster risk reduction (DRR) measures are far less expensive compared with the cost of loss of life and the cost of managing its consequences. When actions to reduce risk are taken before a disaster strikes, the extent of the loss and damages is diminished and the resumption of education is swift. Disaster risk reduction is significant for education response in emergencies.

23 Jun 2011 description

Colombo/Brussels, 23 June 2011: India needs to push Sri Lanka harder towards steps that will avert a return to violent conflict on the island.

23 Jun 2011 description


Many developing countries experience both disasters and confl ict at the same time. The interaction between the two creates and perpetuates vulnerabilities that place communities at risk, further entrenching poverty and inequality. Development trends such as climate change and unsustainable urbanization likely will make these issues worse.

22 Jun 2011 description
report IRIN

VAVUNIYA, 22 June 2011 (IRIN) - Private investment is key to stability in Sri Lanka's conflict-affected north. "It's very important. There are so many unemployed," Piencia Charles, the most senior government official in Vavuniya District, told IRIN.

The former war zone, popularly known as the Vanni, has seen a host of development projects since late 2009, but jobs are still scarce.

21 Jun 2011 description

Deputy British High Commissioner, Mark Gooding, paid a visit to the Eastern Flood Recovery Programme during a recent official tour of the East.

Deputy British High Commissioner, Mark Gooding, paid a visit to the Eastern Flood Recovery Programme managed by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) during a recent official tour of the East, reiterating the UK’s support towards the flood relief efforts in the area.

21 Jun 2011 description

GINEBRA, Suiza, 20 de junio (ACNUR) - Un informe de ACNUR publicado hoy revela un profundo desequilibrio del apoyo internacional a los desplazados forzosos en el mundo, con cuatro quintas partes de los refugiados del mundo acogidos por los países en vías de desarrollo, y en un momento en el que está aumentando el sentimiento de hostilidad hacia los refugiados en muchos países industrializados.

21 Jun 2011 description


In 2010 the European Union (27 Member States and the European Commission) maintained and strenghtened its long-term commitment to relieve the suffering of the victims of man-made and natural disasters, and kept its position the world’s leading donor of humanitarian aid. Of the €9.8 billion of humanitarian assistance provided worldwide in 2010, some 41% was delivered by the EU.