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Need for better storm warnings in Sri Lanka

Report
IRIN

COLOMBO, 3 July 2013 (IRIN) - It has been nearly a month since Afthas Niflal almost lost his life at sea. The 22-year-old fisherman from the southern Sri Lankan town of Beruwala found himself caught up in 70km winds in the early morning of 8 June and was left clinging to his overturned boat before being rescued.

Fifty-four people, mostly fishermen, died in the storm and six were reported missing, according to the government's Disaster Management Centre (DMC).

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GIEWS Country Brief: Sri Lanka 27-June-2012

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Record harvest estimated for 2012 Maha season paddy crop

  • The 2011 aggregate rice output declined

  • Price of rice has been decreasing since the beginning of the year while price of wheat flour increased sharply in May 2012

  • Overall food security situation has improved

Record harvest estimated for 2012 Maha season paddy crop

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MAALK002 - Annual report 2011

This report covers the period 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2011

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Price Monitoring and Analysis Country Brief, September 2011-February 2012

Key messages

  • Rice prices have been rising in the last months but stabilized in January while wheat flour prices, although remained stable, were very high, mainly due to import dependence.

  • Although food security has improved, poor groups particularly children suffer from high levels of malnutrition. Agencies are concerned over a serious food security situation.

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Gales, Cyclones Follow the Tsunami

By Amantha Perera

WELIGAMA, Sri Lanka, Mar 11, 2012 (IPS) - The gentle waves of Weligama bay that lap at the small, tight-knit fishing village of Kaparratota, 140 km south of Colombo, can be deceptive.

On Nov. 25 last year, tragedy struck Kaparratota when gale-force winds moving north churned up the seas leaving 14 fishers from this village dead - the bodies of 11 of them were never recovered.

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Joint Humanitarian and Early Recovery Update November–December 2011 - Report #38

This report indicates the UN and NGO partner response to continuing humanitarian needs and early recovery concerns, in support to the Sri Lankan Government’s efforts to rebuild the former conflict-affected regions. Activities show progress towards the sectoral priorities and goals described in the 2011 Joint Plan for Assistance

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW & HIGHLIGHTS

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Philippines + 17 others
Humanitarian Funding Update for Asia Pacific - Fourth Quarter 2011

DISASTER EVENTS IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC IN 2011

Asia and the Pacific continues to live up to its reputation as the world’s most natural-disaster-prone region. The International Disaster Database, EM-DAT, reports 89 natural-disaster events in the region in 2011. In terms of the number of events, China (14), Indonesia (6) and the Philippines (22) top the list. However, Japan, the Philippines and Thailand suffered the greatest number of lives lost.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Tsunami anniversary highlights early warning gaps

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IRIN

COLOMBO, 26 December 2011 (IRIN) - Seven years after a devastating tsunami struck Sri Lanka, more work still needs to be done to secure an effective early-warning system, officials say.

More than 30,000 Sri Lankans lost their lives in the Indian Ocean tsunami of 26 December 2004 that struck 13 countries and left more than 200,000 dead across the region.

"We need to improve communication between the agencies," Pradeep Kodippili, assistant director, early warning, at the government's Disaster Management Centre (DMC) told IRIN in Colombo, the capital.

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Bangladesh + 7 others
South Asia Appeal No. MAA52001 - Programme update no. 2

MAA52001
23 December 2011
This report covers the period 1 July 2011 to 31 December 2011.

In brief

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Heavy rains severely affect North & North Central provinces

The Disaster Management Centre informs that 10,225 families have been displaced due to the inclement weather situation and majority of them are from the Kilinochchi District. The situation has also affected holding of the GCE ordinary level examination in some areas.

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Aid planes, mudslides and war: Save the Children’s busiest year

Thursday 22 December 2011

2011 has been the busiest year for Save the Children’s Humanitarian Emergencies team in our 90-year history: 45 emergency responses, in 38 different countries. We’re really very tired.

But the first few days of an emergency are critical. It’s simple. It’s life and death. The faster we respond, the more lives we save.

This year we flew aid planes into conflict zones, faced a nuclear threat in Japan, and launched responses in the aftermath of countless floods, droughts and earthquakes.

On the frontline

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Delivering Wheelchairs to Persons with Disabilities in Flood-Affected Areas

Persons with Disabilities Forced to Live Under Difficult Circumstances Due to the Civil War and Floods

From the end of 2010 to the beginning of 2011, approximately 1,000,000 people have been affected by the massive flooding in eastern Sri Lanka. AAR JAPAN dispatched an emergency support team from its Tokyo Headquarters office and distributed food and essential non-food items to a total of approximately 1,600 families.

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GIEWS Country Brief: 29-November-2011

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • The 2011 annual rice output is estimated to decline slightly from 2010, following flood damage to paddy crop in the main (Maha) season

  • Rice prices increased slightly in November while wheat flour prices remain stable

  • Over 1 million people were affected by the floods earlier in the year in the east and central parts of the country

The 2011 annual rice output is estimated to be lower than in 2010, following flood damage to the Maha season paddy crop

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Sri Lanka inclement weather kill 20 in coastal districts

The death toll due to heavy rains accompanied by stormy winds in Sri Lanka’s southern coastal areas rose to 20.

Heavy rains and stormy winds that affected several districts in Sri Lanka have affected more than 60,000 people while displacing over 6000 persons.

The Disaster Management Centre DMC Monday morning said that 66286 people of 16837 families have been affected, the death toll rose to 20 with 20 persons still reported missing. Most of the missing persons are reported to be fishermen went on fishing on the fateful day

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Sri Lankan President orders urgent relief to disaster-stricken people

The President Mahinda Rajapaksa has directed state officials to assess the situation in the areas hit by heavy rains and winds yesterday November 25 and provide urgent relief to the people affected by the disaster immediately.

The President has met with relevant authorities this morning at the Temple Trees to discuss the immediate measures need to be taken to provide relief to the people affected by the heavy rains and winds in southern coastal areas.

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Inclement weather kills 20 people and leave thousands homeless

The Sri Lanka Red Cross branches in Matara and Galle swung into action immediately assisting with search and rescue, first aid and relief supplies

By Naveendra Senaratne & Zafran Packeerally – SLRCS/IFRC Communications Dept.

The death toll due to heavy rains accompanied by stormy winds in Sri Lanka’s southern coastal areas rose to 20.

Heavy rains and stormy winds that affected several districts in Sri Lanka have affected more than 60,000 people while displacing over 6000 persons.

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Situation Report - 27th November 2011 at 1800 hrs

54,844 persons belonging to 13,663 families have been affected, a total of 1723 persons (427 families) have been displaced in temporary evacuation centers. There are 19 deaths,40 injured and 43 missing are reported. Moreover, there are 630 houses were fully damaged and 5491 houses were partially damaged (Source: Situation report 27th November 2011, 18.00 hrs DMC / District Secretariats).

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Sri Lanka storm kills 19, damages 5,700 homes

COLOMBO — A storm packing heavy rain and gusty winds lashed southern Sri Lanka over the weekend, killing at least 19 and leaving 43 fishermen missing, the island's disaster management centre said Sunday.

More than 53,000 people were also forced out of their damaged homes in the southern areas of the country following two days of heavy winds and rain, the centre said in a statement.

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