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20 Sep 2017 description

It is observed that numerous groups have been expressing divergent views over the past few days with regard to the situation that has developed in Myanmar and the Rohingya refugees.

The following press release is therefore issued by the Ministry in charge of the subject of Immigration and Emigration.

A group of 55 Rohingyas fleeing from Myanmar was rescued in mid sea by Sri Lankan Navy on March 03,2008 and handed over to the UNHRC. All these refugees have left Sri Lanka in July 2012.

19 Sep 2017 description

Since late 2016, Sri Lanka has been experiencing a lack of rainfall which has developed into what is believed to be the worst drought in 40 years, with significant impacts on the economic activity, livelihoods and lives of communities. As of 19 September, (0900hrs, UTC+5.30), 1,927,069 people were estimated to be affected by the drought across 17 districts, according to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC).

19 Sep 2017 description

During the last 09 month of the year 2017, 153705 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island. Latest Disease Trends,

Approximately 43.52% of dengue cases were reported from the Western province. The highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the 29 week of 2017.

16 Sep 2017 description
report Government of Japan

The Government of Japan has decided to provide a total sum of US$ 1,263,112 (approx. Rs. 190 million) to SKAVITA Humanitarian Assistance and Relief Project (SHARP) and HALO Trust for humanitarian demining in Northern Sri Lanka. The Grant Contract was signed between His Excellency Mr. Kenichi Suganuma, Ambassador of Japan and Lt Col (Retd) V.S.M. Sarath Jayawardhene, Programme Manager of SHARP and Ms. Fiona Kilpatrick, Programme Manager of HALO Trust, respectively, on 12th September 2017 at the Embassy of Japan in Colombo.

16 Sep 2017 description

During the last 09 month of the year 2017, 151975 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island. Latest Disease Trends,

Approximately 43.48% of dengue cases were reported from the Western province. The highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the 29 week of 2017.

15 Sep 2017 description

By Amantha Perera

KIRIYANKALE, Sri Lanka, Sept 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For four months, Achini Dinesha's life has revolved around water – or, more precisely, the lack of it.

Bathing in privacy and safety is now a matter of careful planning and lucky timing for the 32-year-old mother of two small children. It also involves an arduous trek of 7km (5 miles) from her house in the village of Kiriyankale, in Sri Lanka's North Western Province, to the nearest full waterhole.

15 Sep 2017 description

During the last 09 month of the year 2017, 151820 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island. Latest Disease Trends.

Approximately 43.49% of dengue cases were reported from the Western province. The highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the 29 week of 2017.

13 Sep 2017 description

Colombo, 12 September 2017 – The inception workshop of the Climate Resilient Integrated Water Management Project, which was developed by the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment with the technical assistance of the UNDP Sri Lanka was held today in Colombo.

This is one of the first projects financed by the newly established Green Climate Fund, with a funding envelope of USD 38.08 Million, which will be utilized to serve climate vulnerable communities in three river basins of Sri Lanka’s Dry Zone, Mi Oya, Yan Oya, and Malwathu Oya.

13 Sep 2017 description

Natural disasters over the first semester of 2017

During the first semester of 2017, EM-DAT preliminary data shows that 149 disasters occurred in 73 countries. The impact of which resulted in 3,162 deaths, affected more than 80 million people and caused more than US$32.4 billion (A).

The major disasters were floods and landslides occurring in Asia, South America and Africa (B).

13 Sep 2017 description

Key messages

  • International prices of wheat dipped in August, after increasing in the past few months, following an upturn in production prospects in the Black Sea region which improved the 2017 global supply outlook.
    Maize quotations also fell on improved weather conditions and abundant global supplies. International prices of rice were relatively stable, although price movements were mixed across the different rice market segments.