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28 Jul 2016 description

28/07/2016 – Mannar, Sri Lanka: Tracing missing people is no easy task. But Ravi Kumar, a Volunteer Tracing Coordinator (VTC) in the Mannar branch of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS), understands the challenges well.

During the uprising in 1983, Ravi Kumar, his mother and two older sisters were separated from his father, and younger and older brothers for six months. They found each other through an announcement on the Tracing Service of what was then the Radio Ceylon. After the family was reunited, they relocated to Mannar. Ravi Kumar was 13 years old at the time.

27 Jul 2016 description

By Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia

27 Jul 2016 description

Paris, 26th July. On the 4th of August 2006, 17 employees of Action against Hunger (ACF) were executed in their office in Muttur, Sri Lanka. They were clearly identified as aid workers. Until today, neither national nor international judicial proceedings have been successful. Ten years later, the organization commemorates these men and women who were helping vulnerable populations.


27 Jul 2016 description

By : SLRCS-Kegalle

From 17.05.2016 onwards

Situational overview

Due to heavy rainfall which occurred throughout the month of May, a major landslide took place on 17.05.2016 at mountain called “Samasara”, located in Aranayake, Kegalle District in Sri Lanka.
As per the latest report issued by Disaster Management Centre of Divisional secretariat of Kegalle District on 2016.06.25


27 Jul 2016 description

*This report is compiled based on an aerial survey.

*The content of this report may change in future according to the additional survey results.

1. Objective of the survey

27 Jul 2016 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

403,600 people affected

296,000 people displaced

US1.7M for life-saving & recovery needs of vulnerable children and women

26 Jul 2016 description
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Message from the Director

25 Jul 2016 description

What happened to my relative? Answering this question is the top priority for familes of missing persons, according to a new ICRC report on the families of people who went missing during decades of armed conflict in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka missing persons report

The years that have passed since Sri Lanka's armed conflict ended in 2009 have brought little solace to the families of over 16,000 people whom ICRC records still show as "missing".

23 Jul 2016 description

To be in line with the government's ongoing project for construction of new houses for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Jaffna peninsula, the Security Force Headquarters - Jaffna (SFHQ-J) has undertaken the challenging task of constructing 100 new houses within a matter of 45 days.

Those new houses to be built in the Valikamam North area, using the funds, allocated by the government exclusively for this purpose will enable the IDPs to return to their original places of residence once completed.

22 Jul 2016 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 17 - 23 July 2016 and includes updates on poliomyelitis, Zika virus, yellow fever, West Nile fever, influenzas A(H5N1) and A(H7N9) and Vibrio growth in the Baltic Sea.

22 Jul 2016 description
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Latest Disease Trends

During the last 7 month of the year 2016, 25365 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island. Latest Disease Trends

Approximately 47.10% of dengue cases were reported from the Western province. The highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the fourth week of 2016.

22 Jul 2016 description
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“It’s going to be tough” to control dengue in the future, virologist warns

By Amantha Perera

COLOMBO, July 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - High temperatures and unseasonal rains have combined to effectively scuttle Sri Lanka's efforts to curb dengue, experts say.

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21 Jul 2016 description

Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) in partnership with Oxfam Sri Lanka distributed disinfection kits to over 500 families in Shalamulla, Kolonnawa today. This is part of the SLRCS Flood & Landslide Recovery and Reconstruction Operation. People living in this village are one of the worst affected in the Colombo district.

The disinfection kits provided contains toiletries, cleaning equipment, sanitary items that would allow households to ensure that their environment remains clean after the contamination by flood waters.

21 Jul 2016 description


  • Unfavourable weather hampered planting of 2016 secondary season paddy
  • Rice imports forecast to fall in 2016
  • Rice prices stable, those of wheat flour increasing
  • Floods in May affected large numbers of people

Unfavourable weather hampered planting of 2016 secondary paddy crop