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31 Oct 2016 description


Typhoon Haima struck the northern Philippines on 19 October. As of 28 October, nearly 31,000 people remained displaced in Region III and Cordillera Administrative Region as a result of Typhoon Haima (4,000 people are in 20 evacuation centres and 27,000 are hosted by relatives and friends). Around 192,000 houses have been damaged, mostly in Cagayan and Isabela provinces. The Government, local and international NGOs are providing assistance to the affected communities.

31,000 people displaced


20 Oct 2016 description

As the country cycles between drought and floods, managing water better is crucial, experts say

By Amantha Perera

MAHASENPURA, Sri Lanka, Oct 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In this village in southern Sri Lanka's Hambantota District, water sales are big business.

Beset by a prolonged dry spell and day-time temperatures reaching above 36 degrees Celsius (97 degrees Farenheit), the village has seen all of its wells run dry.

Read more on Thomson Reuters Foundation.

18 Oct 2016 description

18 October 2016, Colombo – The Resident Coordinator of the UN in Sri Lanka and the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme, Ms. Una McCauley, today officially announced to the President of Sri Lanka, H.E. Maithripala Sirisena, the commencement of the new USD 38.1 million project under the Green Climate Fund.

13 Oct 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

Sri Lanka is literally baking these days.

During the first week of October, the Metrological Department reported that maximum daytime temperatures in some parts of the country were between 5 to 2C above average. They hit 38.3C in some parts of the North Central Province, a region vital for the staple rice harvest.

06 Oct 2016 description

Sri Lanka Army has taken the initiative to supply drinking water to drought hit areas of Welikanda, Dimbulagala, Lankapura, Thamankaduwa, Medirigiriya and Hingurakgoda areas in the East.

This was commenced on 21st September with a view to bring relief to drought affected communities in the region. Dry weather conditions during the past few months have resulted in a shortage of water with dwindling water levels in reservoirs and irrigation tanks in many parts of the country.

04 Oct 2016 description

Nearly 208,000 persons from 51, 561 families in several districts have been affected by the prevailing drought.

According to the Disaster Management Center sources, 69,678 people in Eastern Province, 8,600 people in Northern Province, 8,422 people in North Western Province, over 10, 000 people in Sabaragamuwa Province, and 110, 350 people from 23,000 families in North Central Province are facing a water shortage due to the drought.

26 Sep 2016 description

A severe drought situation is reported in Ampara, Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee, Hambantota, and Monaragala Districts causing a water shortage for public use.

Considering the situation, the Ministry of Disaster Management has taken steps to supply the required water for these areas through temporary tanks.

A 24-hour hotline, ‘117’ has been introduced for those areas to inform problems related to the water shortage, said the Assistant Director of the Disaster Management Center Pradeep Kodippili.