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24 May 2015 description

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera met his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, on Friday 22) at the German Foreign office in Berlin.

19 May 2015 description

This study considers the different elements of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Disaster Management Centre (DMC)’s efforts over the last decade and assesses their impact in supporting the national capacities of member states.

18 May 2015 description

This revised Emergency Appeal (n° 3) seeks a total of CHF 17,074,842 (reduced from CHF 23.3m) to enable the IFRC to support the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) to deliver assistance and support to a total of 21,000 families (increased from 20,000 families).

17 May 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

6 Years After War, No Accountability for Serious Abuses

(New York) – Sri Lanka’s promotion of a senior officer whose division was implicated in serious human rights abuses casts doubt on government pledges to credibly investigate alleged war crimes, Human Rights Watch said today.

14 May 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Aggregate rice production in 2015 forecast to recover from last year’s drought-reduced level

  • Rice imports forecast to return to average levels in 2015

  • Rice prices decreasing, those of wheat flour stable

  • Floods in late 2014 affected food availability in localized areas

Aggregate rice production in 2015 forecast to recover from last year’s drought-reduced level

13 May 2015 description
report IRIN

VAVUNIYA, 13 May 2015 (IRIN) - Almost six years after Sri Lanka’s bloody civil conflict came to an end, an underreported legacy of the fighting is finally being acknowledged: the extraordinarily high number of war widows struggling to make ends meet.

Sri Lanka’s new government, led by President Maithripala Sirisena, estimated last month that Northern Province, which bore the brunt of the three decades of conflict, has an astonishing 50,000 families headed by single women.

12 May 2015 description

The number of dengue related cases reported so far this year stands at 13,423 and the count includes 3,847 patients from Colombo, 1,778 from Gampaha and 645 patients from Kalutara, a Health Ministry's Epidemiology Unit revealed.

The Unit stated that the Jaffna, Batticaloa, Kurunegala and Ratnapura districts have seen a surge in the number of Dengue patients.

12 May 2015 description

President Maithripala Sirisena instructed officials to take immediate action to find alternate places for those affected by the Miriyabedde landslide.

Reports stated around 77 families were displaced following the landslide.

President Sirisena who questioned officials regarding steps taken to provide shelter to the landslide victims, instructed the officials to give resettlement priority and see that the families are resettled.

12 May 2015 description

The Nepal authorities have warmly commended the Sri Lanka contingent led by Maj. Gen. Maithri Dias and Brig. Jagath Gunawardena, on its excellent relief work during the two-week rescue and relief operation in Nepal following the earthquake on 25 April 2015. The Sri Lankan Contingent returned to Sri Lanka on Monday night (11 May).

12 May 2015 description

The 2014 Annual report of the ICRC is an account of field activities conducted worldwide. Activities are part of the organization's mandate to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war, and to promote respect for international humanitarian law.

Facts and figures

26.2 million people had access to water and sanitation improved.
Read more on water and shelter.

9.12 million people were provided with basic aid such as food.
Read more on aid distribution.

11 May 2015 description

The fourth plane carrying aid for the thousands of earthquake affected Nepalese will leave Monday (11) morning to Nepal. Sri Lanka assisted Nepal in various ways from the time of the disaster.

A stock of goods weighing 18 tons have been prepared for dispatch to Nepal on the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena. Garments, tents and footwear are included in the stock of aid.

Handing over of goods that have been prepared to be sent to Nepal, took place yesterday under the patronage of Minister A.H.M. Fowzie.