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14 Dec 2017 description

Galgamuwa, December 8, 2017 – Four leading civil society organizations have been inducted as partners in the newly-launched Green Climate Fund-supported project in the Dry Zone, ensuring communities will play a leading role in building their own resilience to climate change.

13 Dec 2017 description

The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs has released the 16th Edition of To Walk the Earth in Safety, a report underscoring the accomplishments of the U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Program.

13 Dec 2017 description

Early alerts to media, police and the military should be expanded to directly reach mobile phone users, disaster experts say

By Amantha Perera

COLOMBO, Dec 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the early evening of Nov. 29, Ajith Dias, an office worker in Colombo, started receiving warnings on Facebook of a brewing storm nearing Sri Lanka's southern coast.

"It was Wednesday early evening, it was getting dark and cloudy. But there was no (government) warning, at least no warning that I received," Dias said.

11 Dec 2017 description

Key messages

↗ International prices of wheat and maize remained relatively stable in November, reflecting good supply conditions, while export quotations of rice strengthened amid increased buying interest and currency movements.

11 Dec 2017 description

COLOMBO, 7th December, 2017 (WAM) -- The UAE Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Abdul Hameed Abdul Fattah Kazim Al Malla, has supervised the distribution of school bags and supplies to students in the southern Sri Lanka region of Matara, under the patronage of Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka.

The Sharjah Charity House has donated the school supplies in coordination with Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Sri Lanka's State Minister of Public Enterprise Development.

WAM/Rola Alghoul/MOHD AAMIR

11 Dec 2017 description

Summary of the situation

Between October 2016 and September 2017, countries of the European Region reported 15,941 confirmed measles cases; 86% (n=13,712) of these cases were reported in 2017. In this period, the highest incidence was reported in Romania (252.4 cases per 1 million population), followed by Italy (82.4 cases per 1 million population) and Tajikistan (77.3 cases per 1 million population). In 2017, there were 20 measles deaths, including 10 reported in Romania.

07 Dec 2017 description

During the last 12 month of the year 2017, 175644 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island. Latest Disease Trends

Approximately 41.93% of dengue cases were reported from the Western province. The highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the 29 week of 2017.

06 Dec 2017 description
  • Tropical Cyclone OCKHI continued moving over the east central Arabian Sea toward the north-western coast of India, weakening. On 6 December at 0.00 UTC, it made landfall close to Surat city (Gujarat State) as a Tropical Depression.

  • According to national authorities, as of 6 December at 8.00 UTC, 15 people have been killed, at least two have gone missing, 77 have been injured and over 34 000 houses have been damaged in the Sri Lanka provinces of Western, Southern, Central, Sabaragam uwa, North Central, North Western and Uva.

05 Dec 2017 description
report Times of India
  • Tropical Cyclone OCKHI continued moving over the east central Arabian Sea, weakening and heading toward the northwestern coast of India. On 5 December at 0.00 UTC its centre was located 300 km south-west of Mumbai city (Maharashtra State) and 470 km south-west of Surat city (Gujarat State) with maximum sustained winds speed of 111 km/h (Tropical Storm).