From 14-20 May, Sri Lanka received heavy rainfall due to atmospheric disturbances and the formation of Tropical Cyclone Roanu. On 15-16 May, some parts of the country received the highest rainfall for the season.
Tropical Storm Roanu that struck Sri Lanka on 15 May 2016 caused severe flooding and numerous landslides, particularly in the west of the country.
According to the Government of Sri Lanka Disaster Management Centre, 301,602 people have been affected by the floods and landslides. 104 people are known to have died and 99 people are still missing.
An estimated 21,484 people still displaced as a result of the disaster and are living in camps and temporary accommodation including schools.
Singapore, 26 May 2016 – The two-men response team from Singapore Red Cross has arrived in Sri Lanka, to join the relief work of Sri Lanka Red Cross for Cyclone Roanu. Comprising Charis Chan, Head International Services and Peter Tung, auxiliary staff and active volunteer, the team participated in ground assessment/home visits, and distribution of 200 kitchen kits to homes in the most affected district, Colombo - Egodauyana, Pahala Bomiriya and Oruwala (Western Province).
Colombo, 26 May 2016 – In response to a series of floods and landslides which swept across Sri Lanka between 14th and 22nd May, the European Commission is providing 200 000 EUR (32.8 million LKR) in humanitarian funding to assist the most affected populations. This aid will directly benefit 20 000 individuals who have been heavily impacted in five of the worst-hit districts in the country’s West, namely Colombo, home to the Sri Lankan capital, Gampaha, Puttalam, Kegalle and Kurunegala.
By Madhu Rathnayake, Save the Children’s Communications Officer in Sri Lanka
The scene reminds me of Venice. But this is no holiday. The boat we’re travelling on is carrying us along lanes and roads which were once used by cars. Heavy rain – the most severe in 25 years – has hit Sri Lanka, causing disastrous flooding in 19 districts. Over 100,000 have been forced from their homes; tragically, at least 100 have died.
It’s the end of my first day on the emergency response mission, navigating roads that have been cut off by flooding, and it’s been tough.
The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) reports that as of 24 May 2016, over 258,400 people are affected by floods, landslides, heavy rain caused by Cyclone Roanu during the past 10 days.
DMC reports 94 people as dead and 107 people still missing, mainly due to the landslide in Aranayake, Kegalle district. Thirty-two (32) people are reported as injured.
Resettlement support: The Government has requested further assistance for the resettlement programme and livelihood support for 60,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) for 18 months, following successful WFP support in early 2016.
Due to limited funding, there is an expected shortfall in the supply of Super Cereal Plus to Uva province, limiting programme implementation.
• As of 09:00hrs on Sunday, 22 May 2016, Disaster Management Center (DMC) reports that 348,476 people had been affected by floods, landslides and heavy rain in 22 districts out of total 25 districts in the country.
• Eighty-two people had been reported dead with 118 people still missing, particularly following landslides that occurred on 17 May 2016 in Aranayaka, Kegalle district.
Floods and landslides in Sri Lanka have affected 340,150 people according to information from the Government of Sri Lanka Disaster Management Centre, 84 people are known to have died and 116 people are still missing.
As a result of the floods, 237,240 people have been displaced from their homes and have moved to 376 ‘safe locations’, including camps as well as schools, temples, community centres, with host families or in other temporary accommodation.
Save the Children warns that as many as 150,000 children have been affected by floods and mudslides in Sri Lanka, which have so far claimed 37 lives.
The aid agency is expecting the death toll to rise as government agencies and NGOs continue to assess the damage and conduct rescue efforts following major flooding and two landslides in the centre of the country.
Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam today instructed authorities of all the regional and zonal education divisions to take the necessary decisions regarding closure of schools in their areas due to the prevailing adverse weather.
Between 2010 and 2013, the Government of Canada supported MAG operations in Puthukkudiyruppu and other locations in Sri Lanka with CAD$1.5 million. This enabled MAG to remove over 6,000 dangerous items and release 98.2 km² of land to productive use, which helped more than 88,000 internally displaced people to return home.
17/10/2015 – Monaragala, Sri Lanka: The Moneragala Branch of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society recently handed over a clean water system to the students of the Monarawana Junior School in Medagama division in the Monaragala District.
There are over 200 school children studying in this school with grades from year 1 to ordinary level.
With international support, Sri Lanka can be free from the impact of landmines by 2020.
The Sri Lankan civil war ended in 2009, but dmines and unexploded bombs continue to litter the country’s northern and eastern districts. People in Sri Lanka have a right to hope for a better future, and now an end is in sight.
Puthukkudiyiruppu Roman Catholic School (pictured above) is one of seven schools MAG has made safe in the region. Today, 450 children, from ages five to 16, are taught here.
The ICRC's work in Sri Lanka focuses on supporting people still suffering the effects of the conflict between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the Sri Lankan government. We are visiting detainees, supporting the families of missing persons, training forensics personnel, supporting vulnerable people, ensuring safe water and sanitation and promoting international humanitarian law.
Action has been initiated to provide dry rations for families affected as a result of the cyclone which lashed the Karangawa area in Ampara.
Ampara District Secretary P. Wanigasinghe said that information is being gathered on the houses that have been hindered by the cyclone.It is reported that about 26 houses were impacted following the cyclone which lashed the Karangawa area in Ampara Sunday afternoon.
New school facilities are helping nearly 7,000 children from the Kilinochchi District in the northern region of Sri Lanka access education services in a safe and child friendly environment.
Kilinochchi was one of the districts that was worst affected by decades of conflict, which destroyed already sparse school buildings and weakened local education infrastructure.
The United States has agreed to grant US$ 3.2 million for the development of schools in the Eastern Province.
The signing of the agreement took place under the patronage of Eastern Province Governor Austin Fernando at his office Friday.
David Christine of the U.S. Embassy in Colombo and Chief Secretary of the Eastern Province Sarath Abeygunawardena signed the agreement in the presence of Representatives of the U.S. State Department.