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17 Oct 2018 description
report World Bank

After being isolated for long periods during the war, the North and East provinces are in the midst of recovering from a traumatic past. With contributions from the North and East Local Services Improvement Project (NELSIP), residents now enjoy swift services, such as rural roads and easy access to drinking water. The local authorities are empowered for their service deliveries.

Challenge

17 Oct 2018 description

Untapped potential

Food fortification – adding vitamins and minerals to commonly eaten foods - has proven to be an effective strategy in reducing micronutrient deficiencies. Countries in North America and Europe have been fortifying foods since the 1920s, which led to the virtual eradication of nutrition-related diseases like goiter, rickets, beriberi and pellagra. But today 2 billion people across the world still suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiencies, as nutritious foods are still not accessible to all.

16 Oct 2018 description

The overall levels of political violence remained relatively static in the South and Southeast Asian regions over the last few weeks, whereas the number of reported fatalities increased significantly last week. The overall levels of demonstrations decreased across the region, especially in Pakistan and India.

16 Oct 2018 description

At 31 July 2018, there were 1345 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1172 in immigration detention on the mainland and 173 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 386 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 17,029 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

16 Oct 2018 description

SITUATION SUMMARY

  • A heavy rainfall together with high winds was occurred across several parts of Sri Lanka between 01 to 14 October 2018, caused flash floods mainly in twelve districts, including Southern,
    Western, North-Western and Sabaragamuwa Provinces.

15 Oct 2018 description

Relief packs will be distributed from today to the people affected by the severe drought in the Anuradhapura district in North Central Province. The distribution will take place at Nochchiyagama, Thalawa, Galenbindunuwewa, Kahatagasdigiliya and Mihintale Divisional Secretary's Divisions.

13 Oct 2018 description

SITUATION SUMMARY

  • A heavy rainfall together with high winds was occurred across several parts of Sri Lanka between 01 to 12 October 2018, caused flash floods mainly in twelve districts, including Southern, Western, North-Western and Sabaragamuwa Provinces.

13 Oct 2018 description

SITUATION SUMMARY

  • A heavy rainfall together with high winds was occurred across several parts of Sri Lanka between 01 to 11 October 2018, caused flash floods mainly in twelve districts, including Southern, Western, North-Western and Sabaragamuwa Provinces.

13 Oct 2018 description
report UN General Assembly

AG/EF/3499

Assemblée générale Deuxième Commission
Soixante-treizième session, 10e et 11e séances – matin & après-midi

13 Oct 2018 description

SITUATION SUMMARY

  • A heavy rainfall together with high winds was occurred across several parts of Sri Lanka between 01 to 13 October 2018, caused flash floods mainly in twelve districts, including Southern, Western, North-Western and Sabaragamuwa Provinces.

12 Oct 2018 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/EF/3499

GENERAL ASSEMBLY SECOND COMMITTEE
SEVENTY-THIRD SESSION, 10TH & 11TH MEETINGS (AM & PM)

Destructive impacts of climate change like droughts, floods and increasingly severe storms are the primary culprits behind decreased farming output and rising hunger worldwide, speakers told the Second Committee (Economic and Financial), as it took up agriculture, food security and nutrition today.

11 Oct 2018 description

BALI, INDONESIA, 11 October 2018 — UNICEF and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) renewed their commitment to fighting poverty and promoting the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Asia and the Pacific, in a memorandum of understanding signed in Bali, Indonesia today.

10 Oct 2018 description

"Despite repeated pledges by the authorities, the military has been frustratingly slow to restore land to the rightful owners"

By Rina Chandran

BANGKOK, Oct 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sri Lanka has failed to fulfil pledges to return properties to thousands of people forced from their homes during decades of war, many of whom now live in desperate poverty, researchers said on Tuesday.

10 Oct 2018 description

The National Disaster Management Centre (DMC) yesterday announced that 57,015 persons belonging to 14,175 families have been affected by the prevailing adverse weather conditions in the country with nine deaths reported so far. According to the DMC, one person is reported missing and 19 injured. A total of 12,000 displaced persons belonging to 2,611 families have been housed in 28 temporary relocation centres in three districts.

10 Oct 2018 description

The heavy rainfall experienced over the past several days has resulted in flooding being reported from a few places. According to the latest weather forecasts issued by the Met. Department, due to the low pressure area in the Bay of Bengal, prevailing showery condition is expected to increase over the island during tomorrow. Showers or thundershowers are expected at times in the Western, North-western, Central and Sabaragamuwa Provinces and in Galle and Matara Districts.

10 Oct 2018 description

The Navy has deployed 10 relief teams with 07 dinghies and 02 emergency rescue boats for relief operations. Naval personnel of the Marine Battalion, Rapid Response Rescue & Release Squadron (4RS), Special Boat Squadron and Navy divers are presently involved in relief operations.

09 Oct 2018 description

The overall levels of organized violence and demonstrations remained relatively static, indicating a slight decrease for the South and Southeast Asian regions last week compared to previous weeks. The first week of October was marked by pre-election violence in Afghanistan and Pakistan, increased targeting of civilians by suspected southern Muslim separatists in Thailand, and violent farmers’ demonstrations in North India.