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)
As of 12 June, an estimated 575,600 people are affected by floods and landslides. A total of 213 deaths have been confirmed and 77 people remain missing. Over 3,000 houses have been destroyed, 20,000 houses partially damaged and 8,370 people remain in 110 safe locations. 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)
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Heavy rainfall brought by the southwest monsoon triggered flooding and landslides in 15 of the 25 districts of Sri Lanka about 630,000 people. Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) with its local partner Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management Sri Lanka (A-PAD Sri Lanka) are teamed up to provide emergency relief items in severely affected areas such as Kalutara and Ratnapura region with kitchen kits to help regain their daily lifestyles.
With a view to assist the recent flood and landslide affected communities; two medical camps were conducted by the Sri Lanka Air Force medical teams at Ayagama (Madagalthura Shailauththarama Temple and Sri Mahindarama temple at Ayagama tea estate) on Tuesday (20th June 2017), states air force media.
Japan - Sri Lanka Parliamentary Friendship League donated a package of drinking bottles for the victims affected by the recent floods and landslides in Sri Lanka.
The goods were handed over to Prof. Dammika Ganganath Disanayake, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Japan on 19th June at the House of Representative Building in Tokyo with the participation of Wataru Takeshita, President, Mme. Yuko Obuchi, Secretary General Japan-Sri Lanka Parliamentary Friendship League and Kazuya Nashida, Director General, Asian Oceanian Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
COLOMBO, June 23, 2017– Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka will assist families affected by what is reportedly the worst flood in over a decade through shelter and sanitation solutions. Water, sanitation and hygiene kits will be distributed to families in badly hit Kalutara district in the Western Province of Sri Lanka, during the initial phase of the response. Habitat will also work with displaced families to construct permanent houses during the recovery phase.
With the start of the Southwest monsoon on 25 May 2017, Sri Lanka received heavy rainfall in its southern and western regions, with some parts getting over 500 mm rainfall. Flash floods and landslides caused 214 deaths with 76 people being reported as missing by 22 June 2017. At the height of the emergency, more than 700,000 people were displaced in camps, or staying with host families, or stranded on their own rooftops for days until the floods subsided. Galle, Kalutara, Matara and Ratnapura are the worst-affected districts.
Women and children can be disproportionately affected by disasters, but taking a closer look at disaster data could help reduce their vulnerabilities
By Amantha Perera
VALASSMULLA, Sri Lanka, June 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When floods swept through this small town in Sri Lanka's Southern Province, 12-year-old Radhika Dayarathne lost more than her home.
Sri Lanka’s food production hit by extreme drought followed by floods
Rice production to drop by nearly 40 percent in 2017 - assisting farmers is critical to halt growing food insecurity
Affected areas Mindanao island (Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Misamis Oriental provinces)
Cause of displacement Disaster, Conflict
Figures As many as 182,000 new disaster displacements between 5 and 26 May; At least 100,000 new conflict displacements between 23 and 31 May
A cash donation by the Bangladesh Government to assist the victims of recent flood and landslides in Sri Lanka was officially handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today (20th June). Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina declared the cash donation.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Riaz Hamidullah handed over the cheque to the President.
19/06/2017 – Various Locations, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society continues its effort to ensure that people who were affected by floods in rural Sri Lanka will avert another health crisis by ensuring that they are provided with quality medical care within their village.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday assured that all schools affected by the recent flooding would be upgraded with facilities and infrastructure which the schools did not possess, prior to the disaster. Speaking to villagers whilst inspecting Dudley Senanayake College, Pitabeddara, Wickremesinghe instructed officials present to ensure that school equipment, including computers affected by the flood to be provided to the school.
Sri Lanka Army troops in flood-affected areas in Matara, Galle, Colombo, Kegalle and Ratnapura are at present involved in cleaning polluted drinking water wells and clearance work for disposal of contaminated water while facilitating the supply of all other humanitarian concerns, states Army media.
In Matara, troops are cleaning water wells in Neluwa Divisional Secretariat area and prepare meals for the displaced, distribute dry ration packs, clean schools, restore damaged roads and provide gully bowsers and other heavy machinery to required locations.
Following the initial disaster aid assistance provided by the Jaffna University students recently, another group of Jaffna Medical Faculty undergrads presented the students of Bulathsinhala Yatagampitiya Primary School in the Kalutara District with schooling needs including books, bags, water bottles and stationery worth more than three hundred thousand rupees on Friday (09th June). In addition they also presented Rs. 30,000.00 towards the school's repair work.