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Sri Lanka pushes home gardens to beat climate-linked food price hikes

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Source: Alertnet // Amantha Perera

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AlertNet) - As vegetable prices keep rising, accelerated by twin floods earlier this year, Sri Lanka's government is pushing a country-wide home-garden programme to encourage Sri Lankans to grow what they might otherwise struggle to afford.

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Sri Lanka + 1 other
MERCY Malaysia Activates Local Flood Response and Assists Sri Lanka Floods

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31 January 2011 - MERCY Malaysia has activated its domestic floods response mechanisms to provide aid to the flood victims in Johor and Sarawak, as well as supporting the flood response overseas in Sri Lanka.

"Our volunteers in Johor are working closely with Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN) to assist the flood survivors there; they are packing 500 hygiene kits bound for Setia Alam today, and another 500 kits will be distributed to other affected areas," said MERCY Malaysia President, Dr Ahmad Faizal Mohd Perdaus.

"We have been monitoring all the

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Sri Lanka - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #3, Fiscal Year (FY) 2010

BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)

Note: The last fact sheet was dated May 5, 2010.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

- On September 25, the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) announced that the Ministry of Resettlement had returned or released approximately 265,000 of 280,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) temporarily residing in welfare centers. These individuals had fled conflict areas in the months leading up to the May 19, 2009, GoSL declaration

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Myanmar + 4 others
ASIA: Boosting community resilience in disasters

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IRIN
BANGKOK, 30 September 2010 (IRIN) - A bed sheet to stop bleeding, broken furniture as splints for fractures, Buddhist temples turned into evacuation centres and bottled water to decontaminate wounds: People are often forced to innovate when disaster hits.

"In the first 24-48 hours of a disaster, the community bears the burden of response. It is a fallacy to rely on external help," the World Health Organization's Southeast Asia adviser for emergency and humanitarian action, Roderico Ofrin, told IRIN.

He is attending a regional three-day

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Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Burkina Faso, Sri Lanka: Newsletter ACTED #65 Septembre 2010

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Pakistan has been hit by the worst floods in decades with over 20 million affected-people in the country, outnumbering those of the 2004 Tsunami or of this year earthquake in Haiti. In the North West as well as in the South of the country, the torrential rains have wrecked entire villages, swallowed up by rivers in spate that have turned into wrenching torrents sweeping away houses, crops and livestock. Thanks to its presence in both Swat and Dir, ACTED was able to launch emergency activities as early as August 3rd, that is as soon as floods started to retreat.

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Sri Lanka: Appeal No. MAALK001 Mid-Year report

This report covers the period from January 2010 to June 2010

In brief

Programme outcome:

Despite the ending of the decades-long conflict in Sri Lanka, weak economic growth and inequalities throughout those years combined with risks of flooding in some areas, and droughts in others are some of the hazards that threaten a significant number of vulnerable communities throughout Sri Lanka. Exposure to tropical storms during the first quarter of every year and during the monsoon season, as well as heavy rainfall from the Bay of Bengal, contribute to the risk of

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Afghanistan + 7 others
South Asia Appeal No. MAA52001 - Mid-Year Report

This report covers the period 1 January to 30 June 2010.

In brief

Programme outcome: The aim of the International Federation is to coordinate and support efforts at country and regional level to assist South Asian national societies to scale up their work to improve the lives of vulnerable people.

Programme(s) summary: The focus of the South Asia regional programmes continues to be to work towards and integrated programming approach to cross-cutting issues. In disaster management, the programme continued to scale up disaster management/disaster risk reduction

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Bangladesh + 9 others
ASIA: When hospitals become casualties

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BANGKOK, 26 August 2010 (IRIN) - Governments and donors have responded to increasingly frequent and more deadly disasters by boosting funding for response, but investing in preparation, especially in the health sector, is inadequate, say specialists.

"Emergency preparedness is an afterthought for many hospitals," said Jonathan Abrahams, coordinator of the World Health Organization (WHO) Safe Hospitals initiative [http://www.safehospitals.info/], which helps countries reinforce medical centres to withstand disasters.

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Sri Lanka Health Cluster Bulletin - 15 July 2010

Situation in Menik Farm
  •  As of 7 July, 41 662 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) remain in the five operating zones ofMenik Farm, according to data from the Ministry of Health (MOH). A fifth of this population is out of the camps at any given time due to the "pass system".
  • Three referral hospitals and three primary health care centres now function at Menik Farm,with the primary health care centre in zone 0 also acting as referral hospital. The former MSFhospital located in Cheddikulum Coordination center continues to serve as the referralhospital
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South Asia: Appeal No. MAA52001, 2010 - Programme Update n°1

This report covers the period 1 January to 30 June 2010.

In brief

Programme outcome: The aim of the International Federation is to coordinate and support efforts at country and regional level to assist South Asian national societies to scale up their work to improve the lives of vulnerable people. Programme(s) summary: The focus of the South Asia regional programmes continues to be to work towards and integrated programming approach to cross-cutting issues. In disaster management, the programme continued to scale up disaster management/disaster risk reduction

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Afghanistan + 18 others
Asia Pacific Appeal No. MAA50001- Mid-Year Report

This report covers the period 01/01/2010 to 30/06/2010.

In brief

This programme update focuses on the work of the Asia Pacific zone office in the first six months of 2010 to provide leadership and guidance to the International Federation efforts to increase the impact of Asia Pacific national societies' humanitarian activities. Many societies across the zone have maintained a high level of programming in several new disaster response operations and continued comprehensive post-disaster recovery activities, while others have started

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Sri Lanka: Red Cross spends Rs 10 million for flood relief operations

During the recent flood Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) with wider involvement of branches of Gampaha, Colombo,Colombo City , Kalutara, Galle, and Puttalam districts, and the active participation of volunteers has spent nearly Rs.10 million for various relief activities.

These branches have distributed cooked food, dry rations, water and non-food relief items (NFRI) to over 71500 persons of 22150 families. For the provision of NFRI that included tents, hygiene kits, saris, sarongs, bed sheets, tarpaulin sheets, jerry cans

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NRC Provides Relief Packs worth over Rs. 1.7 m to Flood Affected Families in Colombo

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) distributed Non Food Relief Item (NFRI) kits to 350 flood affected families in Colombo yesterday.

The kits were provided in response to a general request from the government for assistance for those affected by the recent floods. The distributions were carried out directly by NRC staff in coordination with the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) in designated locations at Gurukula College, Kelaniya and a flood affected community area in Kiribathgoda.

The NFRI kits contained sleeping mats,

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Guatemala + 1 other
Episcopal Relief & Development Responds to the First Tropical Storms of the Season

Although the 2010 Indian Ocean cyclone and Pacific hurricane seasons have barely begun, South Asia and Central America have already experienced devastating storms. In the aftermath, Episcopal Relief & Development is working with regional partners to support communities in need.

Beginning on May 14, 2010, four days of heavy monsoon rains caused by Cyclone Laila resulted in flash floods, high winds and landslides in many parts of Sri Lanka. Related flooding affected more than half a million people, killing at least 20 and displacing more than 280,000.

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SRI LANKA: Colombo braces for dengue outbreak

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IRIN
COLOMBO, 8 June 2010 (IRIN) - Health officials are stepping up their efforts to avert a dengue outbreak in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo.

According to the Ministry of Health's Epidemiology Unit, 1,806 dengue cases were reported in the city of more than half a million people in May, resulting in nine deaths, for a total 95 deaths this year.

In 2009, 4,813 cases were reported, with 42 deaths, in Colombo.

"We are taking this situation seriously," chief medical officer for the Colombo Municipal Council, Pradeep Kariyawasam,

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SRI LANKA: Disease warnings for flood returnees

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COLOMBO, 2 June 2010 (IRIN) - Medical officials in Sri Lanka have expressed concern over possible health risks as most of the 13,000 displaced by flooding return home.

"A record number of health camps are being [set up] in affected districts to provide emergency healthcare to flood victims," Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena told IRIN on 2 June.

"The risk of epidemics is high but with the water subsiding, the situation has improved," he said. The ministry is running more than 100 health camps in the affected districts to attend to flood-affected persons, he said.

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