17,826 entries found
Sort by: Latest |Relevance
26 May 2016 description

Colombo, 26 May 2016 – In response to a series of floods and landslides which swept across Sri Lanka between 14th and 22nd May, the European Commission is providing 200 000 EUR (32.8 million LKR) in humanitarian funding to assist the most affected populations. This aid will directly benefit 20 000 individuals who have been heavily impacted in five of the worst-hit districts in the country’s West, namely Colombo, home to the Sri Lankan capital, Gampaha, Puttalam, Kegalle and Kurunegala.

26 May 2016 description
report IRIN

Lanka will enact a new, nationwide building code to mitigate the risks of future floods after heavy rain inundated the capital city, Colombo, and triggered landslides in the mountainous central region, killing about 200 people.

Read the full article on IRIN

26 May 2016 description
report Singapore Red Cross

Singapore, 26 May 2016 – The two-men response team from Singapore Red Cross has arrived in Sri Lanka, to join the relief work of Sri Lanka Red Cross for Cyclone Roanu. Comprising Charis Chan, Head International Services and Peter Tung, auxiliary staff and active volunteer, the team participated in ground assessment/home visits, and distribution of 200 kitchen kits to homes in the most affected district, Colombo - Egodauyana, Pahala Bomiriya and Oruwala (Western Province).

26 May 2016 description

Ministry of Agriculture establishing a Task Force will take steps to restore the paddy cultivation and to reconstruct the reservoirs, which were damaged due to the adverse weather condition.

The Task Force comprised with the Minister of Agriculture, State Minister and the Chairmen of the main institutions related to the ministry, has appointed an separate official for each province to coordinate the programs of this Task Force with the regional authorities.

26 May 2016 description

The recent low pressure system in Indian Ocean caused heavy rainfall across Sri Lanka since 14 May 2016 causing wide spread flooding and land slid e in as m any as 19 districts, including around Colombo. Kelani Ganga is one of the main river basin in Sri Lanka which is currently experiencing large scale flooding and subsequent d am age to property and livelihoods. Kelani basin received 350 m m of total rainfall within three days (15 to 17 May 2016). The water levels of Kelani at Hanwella Gauge was 10 ft yesterday but receded to today 9 ft.

26 May 2016 description

Colombo, 26 May 2016 – In response to a series of floods and landslides which swept across Sri Lanka between 14th and 22nd May, the European Commission is providing 200 000 EUR (32.8 million LKR) in humanitarian funding to assist the most affected populations. This aid will directly benefit 20 000 individuals who have been heavily impacted in five of the worst-hit districts in the country’s West, namely Colombo, home to the Sri Lankan capital, Gampaha, Puttalam, Kegalle and Kurunegala.

26 May 2016 description

An area of low pressure above Sri Lanka has caused heavy rainfall across the country since 14 May 2016. Some locations saw over 350 mm (13.77 inches) of rain fall in 24 hours. Floods and landslides have caused havoc in as many as 19 districts of the country, including around Colombo. The DMC report said that since 13 May, over 200,000 people have been affected, with 134,000 currently displaced and staying in 176 relief camps set up for the victims. Almost 1,300 homes have been damaged and 68 destroyed.

26 May 2016 description
report Save the Children

By Madhu Rathnayake, Save the Children’s Communications Officer in Sri Lanka

The scene reminds me of Venice. But this is no holiday. The boat we’re travelling on is carrying us along lanes and roads which were once used by cars. Heavy rain – the most severe in 25 years – has hit Sri Lanka, causing disastrous flooding in 19 districts. Over 100,000 have been forced from their homes; tragically, at least 100 have died.

It’s the end of my first day on the emergency response mission, navigating roads that have been cut off by flooding, and it’s been tough.

26 May 2016 description

First Pakistani Cargo flight with relief subsidiaries for the recent natural disaster victims in Sri Lanka arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) Katunayake, yesterday (23rd May).

The Cargo Plane brought full load of C-130 aircraft carrying priority relief items as indicated by the Sri Lankan authorities.

The relief items such as generators, shelters, tents, and medicines were handed over to the Minister for Disaster Management Anura Priyadarshana Yapa in a solemn ceremony by the High Commissioner to Pakistan in Sri Lanka Maj Gen. Syed Shakeel Hussain.

26 May 2016 description

Situation

• As of 25 May, the official death toll from Tropical Cyclone ROANU in Sri Lanka is 101 people with 100 people still missing due to a landslide that happened on 17 May in Aranayaka (Kegalle). National authorities also reported 32 people injured. Over 119 000 people are still displaced. An estimated 4 600 houses have been partially or fully damaged.

• Search and rescue operations are still ongoing. Due to a lack of clean water and sanitation, there is an immediate risk of an increase in vector borne diseases.

25 May 2016 description
report AlertNet

by Amantha Perera | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 09:34 GMT

ARANAYAKE, Sri Lanka, May 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For the first 48 hours after a huge landslide wiped out his hometown of Aranayake and buried 220 families, Prabath Wedage was on his mobile phone constantly.

Read the story on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

25 May 2016 description

Colombo, Sri Lanka | AFP | Wednesday 5/25/2016 - 08:31 GMT

Sri Lanka appealed on Wednesday for foreign aid to recover from massive floods that caused an estimated $2 billion worth of damage and claimed more than 100 lives.

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said 35,000 homes were damaged in last week's floods triggered by the heaviest rain for early 25 years, with the capital Colombo the hardest hit.

25 May 2016 description

May 25, 2016, Colombo: Today the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched a 3.6 million Swiss Franc emergency appeal (USD 3.65, Euros 3.26) to help the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society deliver relief and recovery assistance to 40,000 people following what many consider to be Sri Lanka’s worst floods in 25 years.