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.
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.
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.
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.
On 21 May 2016, Tropical Cyclone ROANU-16 hit Bangladesh, especially south and southeast regions Barisal and Chittagong. Torrential rains accompanied with strong winds have been lashing the coastal areas of S-SE Bangladesh causing heavy damages. As result, 21 people from six districts have been killed and almost half a million persons evacuated to shelters. Many areas remain flooded with houses heavily affected or destroyed. Due to torrential rains the regions have been affected by landslides.
• 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.
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
Following the devastation brought about by Tropical Cyclone Winston, initial reports from the Fiji Government in early March indicated that more than 54,000 evacuees had taken refuge from TC Winston and in its aftermath in more than 700 evacuation centres, many of which were schools. By 26 March 2016, official government figures recorded 361 evacuees in 26 evacuation centres.
On 21 May, cyclone Roanu made landfall in the Southern coastal areas of Bangladesh affecting 700,000 people.
Immediate needs for the affected population are food, water, shelter and livelihood. Government is distributing food and will provide small cash grants shortly.
The Government of Bangladesh has officially asked for support from the international community and clusters have been activated.
Food Security Snapshot - Rice production in 2016 forecast close to last year’s record level - Cereal imports in 2015/16 marketing year (July/June) forecast to decrease considerably - Rice and wheat prices on decrease and well below their year-earlier levels
Rice production in 2016 forecast close to last year’s record level
Assesment and Monitoring
The findings of Round One of the Evacuation Tracking & Monitoring (ETM) have now been released. Please see overleaf for further information, with the full report available at: http://goo.gl/ZUttZ1 IOM currently has a team in Vanua Levu conducting scoping visits for Round Two of the ETM.
Distribution In Progress
The Brahmaputra-Jamuna and Kushiyara river systems are in falling trend.
The Ganges-Padma and Surma river systems are in rising trend.
The water level of the Surma & Kushiyara rivers may likely to remain steady in next 24 hours.
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.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
As per morning Bulletin IMD The deep depression over west central & adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal further moved nearly northwards at a speed of 08 Kmph during past six hours and intensified into a cyclonic storm ‘ROANU’, lay centred over west-central Bay of Bengal at 0530 hrs IST of today, the 19th May, 2016 near latitude 15.1º N and longitude 81.4 ºE, about 125km south-southeast of Machilipatnam, about and 350 southwest of Visakhapatnam & 225 km southwest of Kakinada.