Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, together with the Minister of Disaster Management Anura Priyadharshana Yapa and the Minister of Health & Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne briefed the Heads of Diplomatic Missions and International Organisations based in Colombo, on the flood and landslide situation in the country, yesterday Thursday 19 May 2016 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Foreign Minister Samaraweera expressed appreciation to the international community for their messages of condolence and assistance to victims.
• Heavy rain has been affecting western and centralwestern areas of the country over the past few days causing floods and landslides.
• Media reported at least 100 houses damaged in Valle del Cauca and Antioquia departments.
• Over the next 24 h more heavy rain is forecast for the already affected areas of the country.
IDEAM, NOAA, Local Media
SRI LANKA, INDIA, BANGLADESH, MYANMAR/BURMA
• TC ROANU caused widespread damage and casualties in several countries.
Colombo, Sri Lanka | AFP | Saturday 5/28/2016 - 06:50 GMT
Around 100 people still missing following landslides in Sri Lanka last week are believed dead, authorities said Saturday after failing to find signs of life under tonnes of mud.
The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said 67 bodies had been recovered from the worst hit central district of Kegalle where 99 people were still listed as missing following the rain-triggered May 17 disaster.
People who were affected by floods are now heading back to their initial residences and are in a transition period to restore their lives back to normal. In this backdrop the Sri Lanka Navy's relief teams were busy with cleaning over 70 wells which were polluted by stagnant flood water and mending 7 canals damaged due to the devastation.
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
People Affected: 21,107 Families Affected: 6,078 Deaths: 50
Houses Completely Damaged: 158 Houses Partially Damaged: 1,344 Safe locations: 96 Families in Safe Locations: 3,072 People in Safe Locations: 9,511
People Affected: 14,031 Families Affected: 3,638 Deaths: 0
Friendship between people - but more so between nations - is tested in times of need. We have every intention that this emergency aid would ease the recovery of the areas affected by the floods.
(Communicated by the MFA Spokesperson)
20,000$ of immediate disaster relief supplies from Israel will be provided today and tomorrow to the Disaster Relief Management Ministry of Sri Lanka
For Immediate Release
• Heavy rain has been affecting several areas of the country, especially the northern provinces, over the past few days, causing floods and landslides.
• As of 25 May, 1 550 people were displaced and over 520 houses were partially or fully damaged. Media also reported one dead in Santiago.
• Over the next 24 h moderate to locally heavy rain may still affect Dominican Republic, especially the areas already affected.
Sri Lanka will enact a new, nationwide building code to mitigate the risks of future floods after heavy rain inundated the capital city, Colombo, and triggered landslides in the mountainous central region, killing about 200 people.
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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).
Ministry of Agriculture establishing a Task Force will take steps to restore the paddy cultivation and to reconstruct the reservoirs, which were damaged due to the adverse weather condition.
The Task Force comprised with the Minister of Agriculture, State Minister and the Chairmen of the main institutions related to the ministry, has appointed an separate official for each province to coordinate the programs of this Task Force with the regional authorities.
The recent low pressure system in Indian Ocean caused heavy rainfall across Sri Lanka since 14 May 2016 causing wide spread flooding and land slid e in as m any as 19 districts, including around Colombo. Kelani Ganga is one of the main river basin in Sri Lanka which is currently experiencing large scale flooding and subsequent d am age to property and livelihoods. Kelani basin received 350 m m of total rainfall within three days (15 to 17 May 2016). The water levels of Kelani at Hanwella Gauge was 10 ft yesterday but receded to today 9 ft.
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.