- UNICEF: Humanitarian Situation Report No. 5, 22 June 2017
- GFDRR: Colombo: Exposure, Vulnerability, and Ability to Respond to Floods, June 2017
- Amnesty: ‘Only justice can heal our wounds’: Listening to the demands of families of the disappeared in Sri Lanka, April 2017
Appeals and Funding
- HCT: Floods and Landslides Emergency Response Plan (June - October 2017)
- IFRC: Severe floods and landslides - Emergency appeal n° MDRLK006, 1 Jun 2017
- Disaster Management Center, Ministry of Disaster Management
- Sri Lanka Epidemiology Unit: Dengue Surveillance Trends
- Sri Lanka Department of Meteorology
- Sri Lanka Red Cross Society
- United Nations Sri Lanka
- Shelter Cluster: Sri Lanka Floods 2017
- Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)
- Sri Lanka Mine Action - Country profile
- Human Rights Watch: Sri Lanka - Events of 2016
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Cereal output in 2017 forecast to decrease significantly as result of severe drought in 2016 and early 2017
Rice import requirements forecast to increase considerably in 2017 on reduced output
Prices of rice increased in recent months and at high levels in June
Drought negatively impacted livelihoods and food security of affected households
Cereal output in 2017 forecast to decrease significantly due to severe drought
On June 13, Bandarban, Chittagong, Rangamati, Khagrachari and Cox’s Bazaar districts suffered from one of the deadliest landslides in Bangladesh history affecting around 80,000 people. The disaster killed an estimated 160 people, including 115 people in Rangamati alone. Emergency shelter and water, sanitation and hygiene services are key priorities according to initial assessment results. The Humanitarian Coordination Task Team is finalizing an inter-agency response plan.
80,000 people affected
Rome, 26 June 2017 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development and Government of Sri Lanka signed a financing agreement today that will help 57,500 poor rural households in Sri Lanka increase their incomes and food security by expanding livelihood and business opportunities in agriculture.
As communities displaced by flooding and landslides in Sri Lanka’s southwest return home, their needs must be addressed in the immediate and longer-term. Initial Government estimates indicate that priority areas include the implementation of disaster mitigation and prevention programmes, the reconstruction of housing, roads and schools, and the renovation of electricity and water networks. It is vital that immediate humanitarian needs are addressed, whilst ensuring that Disaster Risk Reduction measures inform the recovery of these communities.
In view of responding to natural disasters, Sri Lanka Navy established its first Disaster Response Unit at SLNS Gemunu in Welisara yesterday (25th Sunday, June 2017) states navy media. Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne graced the occasion as the chief guest.
The Disaster Response Unit is equipped with mobile kitchens, cooking utensils, tents, water pumps, mobile toilets, high pressure water guns, fiberglass dinghies and outboard motors.
Disaster Response Unit is expected to respond to natural disasters in the Western and Southern Provinces.
Livelihoods are fundamentally about what people do to meet their needs over time, including how they cope with and recover from shocks. Understanding how people do this is a central part of the work of the Secure Livelihood Research Consortium (SLRC).
This report synthesizes findings on livelihoods from quantitative and qualitative research projects conducted by SLRC from 2011 to 2016 in eight countries affected by fragility and conflict to varying degrees: Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nepal, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, and Uganda.
Heavy rainfall brought by the southwest monsoon triggered flooding and landslides in 15 of the 25 districts of Sri Lanka about 630,000 people. Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) with its local partner Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management Sri Lanka (A-PAD Sri Lanka) are teamed up to provide emergency relief items in severely affected areas such as Kalutara and Ratnapura region with kitchen kits to help regain their daily lifestyles.
With a view to assist the recent flood and landslide affected communities; two medical camps were conducted by the Sri Lanka Air Force medical teams at Ayagama (Madagalthura Shailauththarama Temple and Sri Mahindarama temple at Ayagama tea estate) on Tuesday (20th June 2017), states air force media.
Japan - Sri Lanka Parliamentary Friendship League donated a package of drinking bottles for the victims affected by the recent floods and landslides in Sri Lanka.
The goods were handed over to Prof. Dammika Ganganath Disanayake, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Japan on 19th June at the House of Representative Building in Tokyo with the participation of Wataru Takeshita, President, Mme. Yuko Obuchi, Secretary General Japan-Sri Lanka Parliamentary Friendship League and Kazuya Nashida, Director General, Asian Oceanian Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
Among those returned thus far, the vast majority have been nonSyrians and mainly constitute Pakistani nationals (45%). Other nationalities represented among returnees include Afghans,
Bangladeshis, Algerians and Iranians.
At least, 45% of those express no will to apply for asylum and/or withdrew their will to apply for asylum in Greece.
In total, 193 Syrians (16% of the total number of returnees) have been returned to Turkey to date and none have been returned on the basis that their claim was found inadmissible.
Switzerland - On 20 June 2017, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) and the Governments of Australia, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) co-hosted an event exploring good practices on migration governance at the United Nations Office in Geneva.
COLOMBO, June 23, 2017– Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka will assist families affected by what is reportedly the worst flood in over a decade through shelter and sanitation solutions. Water, sanitation and hygiene kits will be distributed to families in badly hit Kalutara district in the Western Province of Sri Lanka, during the initial phase of the response. Habitat will also work with displaced families to construct permanent houses during the recovery phase.
With the start of the Southwest monsoon on 25 May 2017, Sri Lanka received heavy rainfall in its southern and western regions, with some parts getting over 500 mm rainfall. Flash floods and landslides caused 214 deaths with 76 people being reported as missing by 22 June 2017. At the height of the emergency, more than 700,000 people were displaced in camps, or staying with host families, or stranded on their own rooftops for days until the floods subsided. Galle, Kalutara, Matara and Ratnapura are the worst-affected districts.
Women and children can be disproportionately affected by disasters, but taking a closer look at disaster data could help reduce their vulnerabilities
By Amantha Perera
VALASSMULLA, Sri Lanka, June 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When floods swept through this small town in Sri Lanka's Southern Province, 12-year-old Radhika Dayarathne lost more than her home.
Sri Lanka’s food production hit by extreme drought followed by floods
Rice production to drop by nearly 40 percent in 2017 - assisting farmers is critical to halt growing food insecurity
This paper examines the exposure, vulnerability, and ability of households in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to respond to floods, and brings out significant policy implications. The study used detailed questionnaire-based surveys to obtain data on households, to understand the vulnerability and impacts of the severe floods of November 2010 and recurrent floods since then. Households that were selected for the surveys were located in and around flooding spots in the city.
Affected areas Mindanao island (Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Misamis Oriental provinces)
Cause of displacement Disaster, Conflict
Figures As many as 182,000 new disaster displacements between 5 and 26 May; At least 100,000 new conflict displacements between 23 and 31 May
21 June 2017: The first of Sri Lanka’s mine-affected districts has been declared safe from landmines thanks to the work of demining teams from the Mines Advisory Group (MAG).
MAG has been working along side the Humanitarian Demining Unit of the Sri Lankan Army and coordinated by the Sri Lankan Government.
In the wake of the country’s devastating civil war, which ended in 2009, Batticaloa District is the first to be classified as “residual risk”.