- General overview and weather
With the establishment of the South West monsoon the heavy rainfall received mainly in the South West parts of the country has caused much destruction. Though the daily rainfall has reduced by the 28 May 2017 to less than 100 mm in most parts, the water levels of the main rivers still remain high. In contrast, the water levels in the lower plains across Kalutara and Galle are increasing with the rains received in the upper catchment areas.
Outbreaks of diseases such as dengue fever and cholera, and illnesses like diarrhea and dysentery, are often a threat in the aftermath of floods due to water-logging
By Nita Bhalla
NEW DELHI, May 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of survivors of devastating floods and landslides in Sri Lanka are at risk of potentially fatal diseases such as dengue fever, charities warned on Monday as the death toll from the disaster continued to rise.
- General overview and weather
The South West monsoon established over the country on the 25th of May 2017 with heavy rains that could reach 500 mm in 24 hours in some areas, and 300 mm in others. On the 27th of May at 9:30am, the water level had risen until 15.44 meters in the Kelani river in Glencourse gauging point in the upper catchment area and some gauging points were submerged in the Nitwala river in the Southern part of the country. Eight gauging spots are signaling floods as of 27 May 2017.
Situation as at 1600hrs on 29-05-2017
Around 557,505 People belonging to 151,392 families were affected in 15 Districts due to the flood situation. 177 Deaths and 109 missing reported as per the situation report issued by DMC on 29-05-2017 1600hrs. Further, 74,928 people belonging to 18,612 families were located at 366 safe locations
Situation as at 1200hrs on 29-05-2017
Around 557,505 People belonging to 151,392 families were affected in 15 Districts due to the flood situation.177 Deaths and 109 missing reported as per the situation report issued by DMC on 29-05-2017 1600hrs. Further, 74,928 people belonging to 18,612 families were located at 366 safe locations.
With the start of the Southwest monsoon on 25 May 2017, Sri Lanka has received heavy rainfall in its Southern and Western regions, with some parts getting over 500mm of rainfall. Flash floods and landslides have affected over 471,542 people and displaced over 100,000 people as of 29 May 2017.
So far 169 deaths have been reported and 112 people are still missing. The Government is prioritizing search and rescue, and evacuation and management of safe locations for the rapidly increasing number of displaced people.
Singapore, 29 May 2017 - In response to the severe floods and landslides in Sri Lanka, homegrown humanitarian organisation Singapore Red Cross (SRC) will contribute US$50,000 in relief supplies in the first instance. Additionally, the Singapore Government will donate US$100,000 to launch SRC’s public fundraising appeal. Two teams of Singapore Red Cross disaster response volunteers are on standby to be deployed to Sri Lanka in the coming weeks, to assist with the relief efforts. The first team will be in Sri Lanka on Wednesday, 31 May 2017.
As of 29 May, according to the Disaster Management Center, 177 people have been killed, 109 have been injured, 109 people have gone missing, more than 557,505 people have been displaced and relocated in 336 safe locations and 5,711 houses have been damaged.
Over the next 24 h strong winds and heavy rain may continue to affect the provinces of Western,
Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Northwestern and Central.
As of 29 May (16:00, UTC+5:30), severe weather conditions have affected an estimated 557,500 people in 15 districts across Sri Lanka. Over the past three days, 177 people have been killed by floods and landslides with 109 people still missing according to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC). Over 400 houses have been destroyed, 5,200 houses partially damaged and 75,000 people are temporarily displaced in safe locations – 38,300 displaced people are in Rathnapura District
Monday, 29 May 2017 13:09 GMT
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Education Minister Akila Wiraj Kariyawasam said that it has been decided to close all the schools in the flood-affected districts from tomorrow (30th May) to Friday (2nd June).
Colombo, Kalutara, Gampaha, Matara, Galle, Hambantota, Kegalle, and Ratnapura Districts have been affected by the prevailing disaster situation.
Meanwhile, the Minister has also instructed to provide three sets of uniforms to the school children in flood-affected areas free of charge.
In addition to that, steps will be taken to provide exercise books and school shoes too.
Ministry of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development Palani Thigamparam yesterday (28th May) vested 25 houses built at Brunswick Estate in Maskeliya.
The houses were given to 25 families affected by the landslide last year.
Incessant monsoon heavy rains (as high as 553 mm) for the last days have caused floods and landslides in many parts of Sri Lanka (15 districts). As of 29th May 2017 at 7.00 hrs (Local time), 164 people are reported dead, while 104 are missing; so far, over 471,542 people are affected. Further, 75,236 people were located at 336 safe locations. Most number of damages to lives and property are reported in Southern and Western part of the country: from Galle, Matara, Kalutara, Gampaha, Colombo and Ratnapura districts. Hill country areas are particularly affected by landslides.
Today, May 29, upon the request of the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods (Tents, Plastic sheets, Sleeping pads, etc.) through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to Sri Lanka in response to the damages incurred from the floods and landslides caused by the heavy rainfall around Southern and Western areas of the country.
Philipines - This week, (22-23/5), the UN Migration Agency, IOM and ten Colombo Process (CP) member States met in Manila, the Philippines, to discuss practical approaches to protecting their nationals abroad during crises.
The CP, which is also known as the Ministerial Consultation on Overseas Employment and Contractual Labour for Countries of Origin in Asia is currently chaired by Nepal. Countries represented at the meeting included Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam.