Sri Lanka is experiencing drought. Assessments revealed that 915,000 people have been affected in 23 districts among the 25 districts in Sri Lanka.
The Ministry of Disaster Management and WFP jointly organized Simex – a ‘Simulation Exercise’. The three-day exercise enabled one hundred emergency response experts from the Government, UN agencies and NGOs to coordinate a timely and effective response to a national emergency.
- Emergency response to the victims of cyclone Roanu, using the Government’s social safety net ‘Divineguma’ for cash-based transfers for the first time, successfully concluded.
- Lessons learnt workshop was conducted to pave the way forward for a joint potential agreement between the Government of Sri Lanka and WFP on implementing strengthened emergency response, using cash-based transfers through the Government’s safety net programme.
The Office for Unity and Reconciliation, along with the Provincial Education Departments has initiated a program to strengthen reconciliation at school level across the island.
The first in a series of facilitator trainings took place in Anuradhapura this year with 3 more held involving officials from then Eastern, Central, Southern, Western and Northern Provinces.
Sri Lanka Army troops in Kilinochchi responding to an urgent public request facilitated movement across a causeway along the Karadipokku - Uruthirapuram road recently. The road still under construction was inundated due to heavy rains that resulted in the disruption of movement along it. Troops under Security Force Headquarters - Kilinochchi (SFHQ-KLN) manned the causeway at both ends as a precautionary measure and facilitated safe movement of people.
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and WFP signed a three-year agreement to roll out activities that improves food security, nutrition and resilience to climate-related shocks in nine disaster-prone districts of Sri Lanka.
WFP is monitoring the ongoing drought in Sri Lanka that has affected 216,000 families. The Meteorological Department has expressed its concern that there will be 50 percent less rainfall than expected.
The National Strategic Review of Food Security and Nutrition towards Zero Hunger, supported by WFP and led by Madam Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, the former president of Sri Lanka (1994-2005) was inaugurated.
WFP successfully provided cash assistance to 22,900 people affected by floods and landslides in four districts. This also concludes the Emergency Operation 200990.
WFP launched an emergency operation (EMOP 200990) in response to tropical cyclone Rauno that caused widespread floods and landslides affecting 340,000 people.
The EMOP urgently requires USD 1.3 million.
Due to limited funding, assistance has been limited to only 4,000 households out of the planned 10,000 households.
WFP provided assistance to MoH in organizing the National Nutrition Month inaugurated by the President of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka, the country that's known to be a teardrop in the Indian Ocean, has a hot climate all year round and the only difference is the dry season and the wet season. January to April, was said to be the hottest and the driest months. As May entered, monsoon rain started and the continuous pour of rain for two weeks caused flooding to the country and on the fifth day it caused landslide to the mountainous area. Due to continuous heavy rain, rescue operations was a challenge.
403,600 people affected
296,000 people displaced
US1.7M for life-saving & recovery needs of vulnerable children and women
Over 340,000 people are severely affected by torrential rains, induced floods and landslides in 22 districts of Sri Lanka. WFP is planning an emergency operation (EMOP) to provide immediate cash assistance for 10,000 severely food insecure vulnerable households in four districts.
Due to limited funding, there is an expected shortfall in the supply of Super Cereal Plus to Northern and Uva province, limiting programme implementation.
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.