Pakistan: Drought conditions in Sindh have affected nearly 1.7 million people; nearly 500 have died in Tharparkar, including 296 children. In FATA, the number of people displaced by the military’s operation Khyber One in the Tirah Valley has grown to 440,000 people, adding to 993,000 displaced by operations in North Waziristan.
Liberia: Two million children are thought to be affected by the consequences of the Ebola epidemic. High levels of unemployment are affecting income: 70% of households in a recent survey said they do not have enough money to afford food.
North Western Naval Command held a Health Camp recently at the Roman Catholic Tamil Mixed School in Mannar.
The North Western Province Naval Command under the leadership of the Commander North Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Piyal De Silva organized this health camp for the benefit of newly resettled families as part of the Sri Lanka Navy's community development and social responsibility project .
The people who were resettled in the villages of Pukkulam, Karadakkuli and Marichchikaddi South in the Mannar District attended the Health Camp.
The role of faith in the humanitarian sector is not easy to measure. Faiths generally advocate welcoming the stranger and there are many organisations and individuals inspired by their faith or religion to provide protection and assistance. Yet it is easier to measure the activities inspired by faith than to measure the difference that having that faith makes, and secularly inspired standards for such activities can appear to be in tension with the faith inspiration. FMR 48 includes 36 articles on ‘Faith’ plus seven ‘general’ articles.
Snapshot 12–18 November
Ethiopia: Waters have begun to recede from Leitchuor refugee camp in Gambella, but few refugees have returned to the camps so far, where alarming rates of severe malnutrition persist: 5.7% in Leitchuor, 7.8% in Kule, and 10% in Tierkidi. In SNNPR, flooding was reported, while in Oromia, water trucking has begun for populations affected by drought.
The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2015/01000
AMOUNT: EUR 23 000 000
This HIP covers the response to natural and man-made disasters as well as disaster preparedness, disaster risk reduction and resilience activities in South Asia. For the response to natural and man-made disasters, this HIP focuses largely on Bangladesh, India and Nepal, with the potential for interventions to new disasters also in Sri Lanka .
On 29 October 2014, at approximately 7:30 am, a landslide occurred in the Meeriyabedde Division of Koslanda Tea Estate which is in the Haldumulla Divisional Secretariat Division in Badulla District.
Snapshot 5–11 November
Central African Republic: About 20,000 displaced people are seeking refuge in isolated rural areas in Ouham province following the arrival of armed groups in Boguila, Kouki and Nana Bakassa on 25 October. Nearly 1,000 people have been displaced since July in Bambari following violence in Batobadja and Matchika, and 4,000 have been displaced since January to Berberati town in Mambere province.
The National Water Supply and Drainaqe Board has taken steps to facilitate safe drinking water to the, Wilgamuwa Divisional Secretary's area which is located in eastern boundary of the central province of the Matale District due to the kidney patients reported in the area.
The second special cargo flight of relief goods from Pakistan arrived Thursday (06) evening at the Sri Lankan Air Force Base at Katunayake.
The Second consignment of tents, generators and emergency medicines were handed over by the Defence Advisor of Pakistan, Col. Muhammad Rajil Irshad Khan to the Sri Lankan Army at the airport.
The Pakistani team with technicians and other tradesmen would assist the Sri Lanka Army by providing technical Knowhow for the installation of the relief materials.(KH)
Speaking at the press briefing held yesterday (05th Nov) Director/Spokesperson MoD Media Centre Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya stated that, search and rescue operations and post disaster recovery process in Koslandawatta-Meeriyabedda of Haldummulla Divisional Secretariat is running in full-swing with the assistance of Armed Forces.
Snapshot 29 October – 4 November
Yemen: As a government was agreed by Houthi and other opposition parties, the Southern Movement announced a merger to represent all southerners in the campaign for independence. Houthi insurgents attacked the Sunni opposition Al Islah party headquarters in Ibb, while Al Qaeda killed 18 Yemeni troops during an attack in Hudaydah.
The First Cargo flight of relief goods from Pakistan for the land slide victims of Haldummula arrived today at Katunayake airport.
The relief goods containing generators, shelters, tents, medicines, etc. were handed over by the High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka HE Maj Gen ® Qasim Qureshi to the Sri Lankan Deputy Chief of Staff Maj Gen EMM Ambanpola, USP.
The estimated value of the relief assistance by the Government of Pakistan for the land sliding victims is over LKR 100 Million.
To meet the urgent needs of victims of the recent landslides in Koslanda, the United States Government has provided 6.5 million Sri Lankan Rupees ($50,000) for emergency humanitarian assistance. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is working closely with Sri Lanka’s National Disaster Relief Services Center and international aid partners to coordinate the donation of most urgently-needed items.
Background On 29 October 2014 a massive land slide occurred in the Haldummulla Divisional Secretary area of Badulla district. The affected area is a known landslide prone area and located in a tea estate known as Meeriyabedda watta. This location is in the uplands of the island and quite cold compared to other parts of the country; yesterday the day time air temperature was 190 C.
30/10/2014 – Koslanda, Sri Lanka : Sri Lanka Red Cross Society’s Badulla branch had immediately mobilized first aid teams to the landslide location in Koslanda in the Badulla District. As of this morning (30th October 2014) Non Food Relief Items were distributed to over 200 families located at the Tamil Maha Vidyalaya in Koslanda, the location of the camp housing survivors.
Central African Republic: In Ouaka prefecture, fighting among rival militias persists. Attacks on a number locations, including Bambari, have left dozens of people dead, and civilians have been executed. 3,000 people remain displaced from Bangui after violence began in the middle of the month.
DRC: A resurgence of ADF-NALU attacks in North Kivu are thought to have displaced 100,000 people, and killed at least 80. In South Kivu, there has been a significant increase in IDPs, mainly due to insecurity in Shabunda and Fizi territories. 7.3 million people across the country are estimated to be food insecure.
Central African Republic: 5,600 people have fled Bangui after a new wave of violence killed at least eight and injured 56. WASH and health are priority needs among the IDPs. A UN peacekeeper was ambushed and killed on the outskirts of the capital. In Kemo, IDPs have been slow to return as tensions have increased: ex-Seleka attacked Dekoa market on 11 October.
A round-up of activities carried out by the ICRC in Sri Lanka.
Identifiying humanitarian needs of families of missing persons
Health Care in Danger: ensuring safer access
Sustainable solutions for vulnerables communities to have clean water
Sri Lanka hosts regional gathering on international humanitarian law
The role of forensics in humanitarian action