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26 Jul 2016 description
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Message from the Director

25 Jul 2016 description

What happened to my relative? Answering this question is the top priority for familes of missing persons, according to a new ICRC report on the families of people who went missing during decades of armed conflict in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka missing persons report

The years that have passed since Sri Lanka's armed conflict ended in 2009 have brought little solace to the families of over 16,000 people whom ICRC records still show as "missing".

23 Jul 2016 description

To be in line with the government's ongoing project for construction of new houses for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Jaffna peninsula, the Security Force Headquarters - Jaffna (SFHQ-J) has undertaken the challenging task of constructing 100 new houses within a matter of 45 days.

Those new houses to be built in the Valikamam North area, using the funds, allocated by the government exclusively for this purpose will enable the IDPs to return to their original places of residence once completed.

22 Jul 2016 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 17 - 23 July 2016 and includes updates on poliomyelitis, Zika virus, yellow fever, West Nile fever, influenzas A(H5N1) and A(H7N9) and Vibrio growth in the Baltic Sea.

22 Jul 2016 description
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Latest Disease Trends

During the last 7 month of the year 2016, 25365 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island. Latest Disease Trends

Approximately 47.10% of dengue cases were reported from the Western province. The highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the fourth week of 2016.

22 Jul 2016 description
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“It’s going to be tough” to control dengue in the future, virologist warns

By Amantha Perera

COLOMBO, July 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - High temperatures and unseasonal rains have combined to effectively scuttle Sri Lanka's efforts to curb dengue, experts say.

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21 Jul 2016 description

Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) in partnership with Oxfam Sri Lanka distributed disinfection kits to over 500 families in Shalamulla, Kolonnawa today. This is part of the SLRCS Flood & Landslide Recovery and Reconstruction Operation. People living in this village are one of the worst affected in the Colombo district.

The disinfection kits provided contains toiletries, cleaning equipment, sanitary items that would allow households to ensure that their environment remains clean after the contamination by flood waters.

21 Jul 2016 description


  • Unfavourable weather hampered planting of 2016 secondary season paddy
  • Rice imports forecast to fall in 2016
  • Rice prices stable, those of wheat flour increasing
  • Floods in May affected large numbers of people

Unfavourable weather hampered planting of 2016 secondary paddy crop

19 Jul 2016 description

18 July 2016, Colombo – At the 13th Board Meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the main international funding body for climate action, USD 38.1 million was approved in funding for Sri Lanka for its proposal titled Strengthening the Resilience of Smallholder Farmers in the Dry Zone to Climate Variability and Extreme Events in Sri Lanka.

19 Jul 2016 description

The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world, with frequently occurring natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, landslides and volcanic eruptions affecting millions of people every year.

19 Jul 2016 description


  • At least 11 countries across Asia-Pacific experienced severe weather conditions due to El Niño.

  • In February, Tropical Cyclone Winston, the strongest cyclone recorded in the South Pacific, devastated Fiji.

  • In DPR Korea, 18million people are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance – 2016 response plan severely underfunded.

  • Tropical Storm Roanu triggers worst flooding in Sri Lanka in 25 years; preparedness actions mitigated loss of life in Bangladesh.

19 Jul 2016 description


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Bright ideas, local solutions

As humanitarians explore new technologies and innovation, how do they make sure these developments empower the people who need them most? A pilot project in two informal settlements in Kenya and South Africa offers some answers.

Phones, drones and beyond

16 Jul 2016 description

​​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health prefessionals on active public health threts. This issue covers the period 10-16 July 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, polio, West Nile virus, MERS, and yellow fever in Angola.