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18 Jul 2017 description

by Amantha Perera

COLOMBO, July 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - During Sri Lanka's May floods, rescue crews in Kiriella, a small town in Rathnapura District, spotted a remarkable sight.

A middle-aged woman, trudging through waist-deep floodwater, clutched a rooster carefully above the torrent, while a small girl struggled to hold onto the woman's waist, at times barely able to keep her head above water.

03 Jul 2017 description


The Global Early Warning – Early Action (EWEA) report on food security and agriculture is developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The report is part of FAO’s EWEA system, which aims to translate forecasts and early warnings into anticipatory action.

03 Jul 2017 description

The Drought Monitoring System produces Integrated Drought Severity Index (IDSI) on a weekly basis by combining satellite derived information on the conditions of vegetation, temperature and rainfall datasets using long-term (15 years) record.

IDSI product was developed m a joint collaboration with World Meteorological Organizations (WMO), Global Water Partnership (GWP) and CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) led by CIAT and Water, Land and Ecosystems.

27 Jun 2017 description


  • 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

27 Jun 2017 description

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.

23 Jun 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • 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.

22 Jun 2017 description

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

12 Jun 2017 description

Current warnings from the DMC and Meteorology Department advise of strong winds expected across the island for the next 24 hours, with some showers in flood and landslide affected areas. While average rainfall is beginning to decrease, landslide watch warnings remain in effect due to forecasted showers for areas in Ratnapura, Kegalle, Galle, Kalutara, Matara, Hambantota and Nuwara Eliya districts.

01 Jun 2017 description
report Save the Children

Extent of education crisis beginning to emerge after floods

The number of Sri Lankans affected by weather-related disasters has hit more than 1.5 million as the nation simultaneously battles crippling drought in the north and east of the island and deadly flooding in the south.

An estimated 630,000 people have been affected by severe floods across seven southern districts, including 75,000 who still cannot return home, while more than one million have been impacted by drought.