Dili, 8 September 2009: Timor-Leste, the South-East Asia Region's youngest nation, has announced that it will make a contribution to the World Health Organization s (WHO) unique million-dollar health emergency fund, whose fast and flexible disbursement mechanism has already allowed it to make a difference to more than 200 000 people affected by various humanitarian crises in the Region.
Point 72 a) de l'ordre du jour provisoire*
Renforcement de la coordination de l'aide
humanitaire et des secours en cas de catastrophe
fournis par les organismes des Nations Unies,
y compris l'assistance économique spéciale :
renforcement de la coordination de l'aide
humanitaire et des secours en cas de catastrophe
Item 72 (a) of the provisional agenda
Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and
disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including
special economic assistance: strengthening of the coordination
Department of Meteorology (DoM), Sri Lanka is responsible for providing weather forecasts, advisories and warnings to the general public as well as to other concerned agencies during periods of bad weather. Even though the department continues to carry out its responsibilities with a lot of dedication, its observation network and the communication system has been inadequate.
The government of Japan has provided a Grant Aid of Japanese Yen 630.314 million for the improvement of meteorological observation network in Sri Lanka.
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY / UPDATE
Despite very limited access to the displaced people in the northern Vanni region, WFP has organized 11 convoys since September and is now looking for other innovative solutions.
ROME -- Around 250,000 people are in need of food assistance in the northern Vanni region of Sri Lanka due to conflict and crop failure caused by flooding.
People have been forced to flee their homes in the region since the upsurge in conflict between Sri Lankan army and the Tamil Tiger rebel movement.
Livelihoods have been almost completely lost, exacerbating the general food insecurity, and …
Ever more civilians have been leaving areas held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and entering government-controlled territory in recent weeks. The ICRC has been helping them to maintain acceptable levels of hygiene, to keep in touch with relatives and to maintain hope.
Fighting has prevented relief supplies from reaching the population in the Vanni for the past five days. "Civilians in the Vanni are weary from the conflict.
The UAE Red Crescent has carried out a humanitarian programme to relieve population in regions affected by recent flash floods in Sri Lanka.
Consignments of assistance were delivered to the First Lady of Sri Lanka, Mrs. Shiranthi Rajapakse, at her residency by UAE Ambassador in Sri Lanka Mahmoud Mohammed Al Mahmoud in the presence of Sri Lanka's Petroleum Minister A.H.M.
Highlights of a new FAO report
- As the year draws to a close, FAO's latest estimates confirm that a new record high level of global cereal production was achieved in 2008, sufficient to cover the expected increase in utilization in 2008/09 and also allow for a moderate replenishment of world reserves.
- Most of the increase in production this year has been among the developed countries, with that in the developing countries rising just marginally.
IDP situation as reported this week
Displacement after April 2006
Torrential rains were reported from Matara, Galle, Hiniduma, Kukuleganga and Kalutara causing flash floods in a number of areas in these districts yesterday (12), sources said.
According to reports 118mm rain was recorded at Kukuleganga, 100 at Hiniduma and 83 at Galle on Thursday (11).
The Department of Meteorology warns the public of scattered thunder showers during the next few days too in the Northern, Eastern, Uva, Central, Sabaragamuwa and Western Provinces and Galle and Matara Districts.
Conditions for the North East monsoon were developing.
Colombo_(dpa) _ Heavy fighting raged between government troops and Tamil rebels in northern Sri Lanka as soldiers inched their way into rebel-controlled areas amidst mounting casualties on both sides, reports from the area said, officials and rebel sources said Thursday.
Tamil rebels claimed they killed 89 soldiers in fighting outside Kilinochchi town, 360 kilometres north of the capital, on Wednesday, but the military claimed they lost only 20 soldiers in the fighting and killed at least 27 rebels.
Though there were no immediate independent confirmation about the casualty …
In the wake of renewed fighting in the Vanni region and severe flooding in and around Jaffna, the ICRC has been distributing aid, restoring clean water supplies and pressing ahead with its other activities for conflict victims.
Humanitarian aid donated by the Indian government reaches Vanni civilians
Displaced families in the Vanni region, which has been the scene of recent fighting, have begun receiving relief goods provided by the Indian government.
The doctors from the hospitals in the North and East who had stayed away from work from November 17, reported to work today (04), Minister of Healthcare and Nutrition; Nimal Siripala de Silva told www.news.lk this morning (04).
The Ministry has taken steps to redress all problems articulated by these doctors, particularly with respect to their security.
He stated that all the doctors are now provided transport to travel to these two provinces from Colombo.
The union action came on the heels of the murder of Medical …
GENEVA, Dec 2, 2008 (AFP) - Monsoon floods in the north of Sri Lanka have affected more than 370,000 people, with 71,000 being displaced, the United Nations said Tuesday.
"The number of affected population has increased as some areas were previously inaccessible and new information is now being received," said Elisabeth Byrs of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Hardest hit is Jaffna, with 62,000 people displaced and 5,900 houses damaged, she added.
Officials in Sri Lanka said Thursday at least two soldiers had drowned and more than …
Colombo, December 2, 2008 - The United States Government will provide $100,000 for emergency relief to assist people affected by the flooding in the North and the East. This action comes in response to a request for assistance to USAID from the Sri Lankan Disaster Management Centre.
The US donation will be used for non-food relief items and targeted to victims in Jaffna and in the Vanni, where particularly serious flooding has occurred in recent days. UNICEF will administer the donation in coordination with local authorities.