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.
Sri Lanka - Torrential rains in Sri Lanka have resulted in severe flooding and landslides that have left dozens of people dead and hundreds of thousands displaced. Data from the national Disaster Management Centre shows that 340,150 people are affected across the island, with 237,240 people still in evacuation centers.
IOM has completed preliminary assessments in the worst-hit areas of Kegalle and Rathnapura districts (both located about 80 kilometres from Colombo where more than 35,000 people have been affected), as well as in the urban areas of Colombo and Gampaha.
Mahieash Johnney, Sri Lanka Red Cross @mahieash
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.
First Pakistani Cargo flight with relief subsidiaries for the recent natural disaster victims in Sri Lanka arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) Katunayake, yesterday (23rd May).
The Cargo Plane brought full load of C-130 aircraft carrying priority relief items as indicated by the Sri Lankan authorities.
The relief items such as generators, shelters, tents, and medicines were handed over to the Minister for Disaster Management Anura Priyadarshana Yapa in a solemn ceremony by the High Commissioner to Pakistan in Sri Lanka Maj Gen. Syed Shakeel Hussain.
May 25, 2016, Colombo: Today the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched a 3.6 million Swiss Franc emergency appeal (USD 3.65, Euros 3.26) to help the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society deliver relief and recovery assistance to 40,000 people following what many consider to be Sri Lanka’s worst floods in 25 years.
25/05/2016 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: The relief efforts of Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) continues in the aftermath of flash floods and landslides experienced in the recent days. Over 200 volunteers from Gampaha, Colombo, Kegalle, Puttalam & Rathnapura have been assisting in proving food relief items (such as rice, dhal, sugar, milk powder, baby formula) and non food relief items (such as clothes, hygiene kits and sanitary napkins) and other services (first aid, search and rescue, medical camps) during the past week.
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.
This Emergency Appeal seeks 3,622,689 Swiss francs (CHF) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) in delivering assistance and support to 40,000 people affected by floods and landslides. The operation focuses on the following sectors: essential household items; shelter (emergency and recovery); livelihoods; water, sanitation and hygiene; health; restoring family links, disaster risk reduction and institutional disaster response capacity enhancement.
Aid includes Singapore Government’s US$100,000 contribution
Red Cross prepares for further flooding and landslides as Cyclone Roanu bears down on Bangladesh and Myanmar
Government of Pakistan has sent a 30 bed fully equipped modern field hospital and relief materials for the victims of the recent floods in Sri Lanka.
The relief assistance includes a state of the art 30 bed field hospital, which is equipped with operation theatres, X- ray systems and Labs, as well as variety of relief items including Medicine, Electricity Generators, Tarpaulins, Tents, in heavy quantities.
As well, 17 Pakistani doctors will also be arriving in Sri Lanka for providing health care assistance to the flood victims.
The heaviest rainfalls since the quarter of a century have stricken Sri Lanka. Their consequences are severe landslides and widespread flooding, which already caused the deaths of hundreds of people according to unofficial estimates. humedica immediately prepared an emergency mission, implemented by its subsidiary organisation humedica Int. Lanka. German medical teams will join in if the situation escalates further.
• As of 23 May 2016, 288 768 people are affected by flooding and landslides across 22 districts according to the Sri Lanka Disaster Management Centre (DMC). 92 deaths have been confirmed, with 185 933 people displaced and staying in 295 safe locations.
• 109 people remain missing due to a landslide in Aranayake, Kegalle District, which devastated 3 villages.
• 506 houses have been completely destroyed. A further 3 995 houses have been partially damaged with numbers expected to increase.
• 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.
As of 20th May 2016, 22 districts across the country have been affected by floods, landslides and heavy rain. The total number of people affected is 427 918 jwith 319 507 people displaced into 602 safe locations. The total number of confirmed deaths is 64 with 131 people missing due to a landslide in Aranayake (Ministry of Disaster Management - MoDM).
Colombo, Sri Lanka | AFP | Saturday 5/21/2016 - 13:06 GMT
by Amal JAYASINGHE
Foreign aid began arriving in Sri Lanka Saturday, bringing help to half a million people forced out of their homes by rains and landslides that have killed at least 71 in a week of extreme weather wreaking havoc in South Asia.
As the heaviest rains in a quarter of a century battered Sri Lanka, Cyclone Roanu barrelled into the Bangladesh coastline leaving six people dead and forcing the evacuation of 500,000 there.
19 May 2016
With the development of a low pressure system in the Bay of Bengal on 10 May 2016, the rainfall pattern in Sri Lanka changed with many areas receiving a higher amount of rainfall in addition to the inter-monsoonal rains that the country was already receiving. Many areas of the country received over 100 mm of rain. Though the depression moved away from the country on 17 May, heavy rains still continue