Sri Lanka: Floods and Landslides - May 2017Ongoing
Incessant rains during the past 48 hours across Sri Lanka has affected over half a million people in 7 districts. Most affected was the Rathnapura district where over 20,000 people faced flash floods. In Galle, Neluwa, Tawalama, Niyagama, Baddegama areas were flooded. (Sri Lanka Red Cross Society, 26 May 2017)
The most severely impacted district is Galle, where 142,149 people (36,314 families) have reportedly been affected. Fatalities have been reported in Gampaha, Galle, Hambantota, Kalutara, Kegalle, Matara and Ratnapura districts, with 46 deaths reported in Ratnapura alone...The UN received an initial request from the Government on 26 May 2017 related to search and rescue efforts. UN agencies are currently supporting the Government’s relief efforts in coordination and mobilizing resources...UNICEF will donate water containers, water purification tablets and tarpaulin sheets to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC). WHO will be supporting the Ministry of Health to deploy medical teams to the affected districts. WFP and UNDP are supporting the DMC with information management. UN OCHA will provide additional human resources for coordination with Government and Humanitarian Partners. Search and Rescue efforts are on standby from neighbouring countries and can be deployed if needed. (United Nations Sri Lanka, 27 May 2017)
It is estimated that at least 150,000 are women and girls of reproductive age and over 189,000 children are affected by the disaster. To complement the ongoing Government-led response, the HCT is seeking US$22.7 million to address the critical life-saving and protection needs of 374,000 people in seven districts from 1 June to 31 October 2017. (UNRC Office, 2 Jun 2017)
The UN Central Emergency Response Fund has allocated up to US$4 million to address the critical emergency shelter and non-food item, water, sanitation and hygiene, health and food security needs of 120,000 people in Galle, Matara, Kalutara and Ratnapura districts. The Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs is currently carrying out needs assessments to plan for mid-to-long term recovery for the affected areas. (OCHA, 12 Jun 2017)
As of 21 June (1200hrs, UTC+5:30), an estimated 415,600 people are affected in 12 districts, of which approximately 30% are children according to UNICEF. A total of 213 deaths have been confirmed and 76 people remain missing. Over 3,000 houses have been destroyed and 21,000 are partially damaged. Just over 3,400 people remain temporarily displaced in 73 safe locations in affected districts. (UNRC Office, 22 Jun 2017)
There is an increase in the number of dengue cases in Sri Lanka this year...The current dengue outbreak follows, which affected 600 000 people in 15 of the 25 districts in the country. (WHO, 11 Jul 2017)
Since the launch of the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) Emergency Response Plan, the Disaster Management Centre has confirmed that 213 people have been killed as a result of flooding and landslides caused by heavy rainfall and strong monsoon winds that hit on 25 and 26 May 2017. Humanitarian needs include access to safe, clean water for drinking and household use. Ensuring the safety of temporary shelters for displaced people remains a key priority. Humanitarian agencies continue to work alongside local partners to address the needs of affected communities. (UN RC, 10 Aug 2017)
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More than 9 million people already displaced globally in 2017
August 2017 (Geneva)
Conflict, violence and disasters have caused more than 9 million new internal displacements globally in the first half of 2017, according to new estimates released today by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).
Of the 9.1 million new internal displacements, 4.6 million were caused by conflict, a figure which is already two-thirds of last year’s total. The countries with the highest new internal displacement by conflict are:
At the end of July, Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) successfully completed emergency relief project to the communities affected by the flood and landslides in the southwestern part of Sri Lanka.
After we completed the distribution of kitchen sets and bedding sets, PWJ staff visited and talked with beneficiaries in Dodangoda Division of Kalutara District to hear about their experiences from the flood and how they have been doing since then.
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has permitted licensed banks to grant concessions to their borrowers who have been affected by the recent floods, adverse weather conditions and connected circumstances to facilitate the recommencement of their businesses and normalization of their activities.
Accordingly, licensed banks are free to grant a concessionary period of up to 3 months in respect of repayment of all performing credit facilities of such borrowers as at 25th May 2017, and waive the penal interest for this period.
For more than 140 years, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been visiting detainees worldwide with the aim of improving humane treatment and conditions of detention for all detainees.
In Sri Lanka, we have been visiting detainees since 1989. Visits were then carried out to detainees held in connection with the uprising of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and the armed conflict. Nowadays, we visit all detainees in places of detention.
The Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations has finished loading an Ilyushin Il-76 plane with relief goods for Sri Lanka. Following the request of the Sri Lanka’s Government and in accordance with the order of the Russian Government the plane will shortly take off from Moscow for Colombo to deliver some 32 tons of relief supplies to the population of Sri Lanka affected by flooding. The plane is carrying mobile power stations, tents and cutlery.
According to local authorities, the flooding left more than 150 people dead, while over 3,000 more had to flee their homes.