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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).

08 Sep 2017 description


  • Following the onset of the south-west monsoon, 600 718 people were affected by floods and landslides and 213 deaths were recorded - according to the 6 June 2017 situation report by the District Management Centre, Sri Lanka.

  • As of 26 August 2017, as many as 971 people remain displaced in 17 safe locations across 3 districts (Kalutara, Hambantota, and Ratnapura).

  • A landslide early warning was issued by the National Building Research Organization on 19 August in Ratnapura and Matara districts.

31 Jul 2017 description

110 372 cases

301 deaths


  • Sri Lanka is reporting an increased number of dengue cases. From 1 January to 28 July 2017, the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine (MoH) Sri Lanka reported 110 372 cases of dengue.

  • 301 deaths from dengue have been reported from the MoH for the year 2017.

24 Jul 2017 description

90 865 cases

269 deaths


  • Sri Lanka’s current dengue outbreak is having an adverse impact on public health. Since January until 17th July 2017, the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine has reported 90 865 dengue cases and 269 deaths.

17 Jul 2017 description

82 543 cases

250 deaths


  • There is an increase in the number of dengue cases in Sri Lanka this year. Since January until 7th July 2017, as many as 82,543 dengue cases, including 250 deaths, have been reported by the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine.

  • The number of cases this year is three-and-a-half times more than the average number of cases for the same period between 2010 and 2016.

27 Jun 2017 description


  • Cereal output in 2017 forecast to decrease significantly as result of severe drought in 2016 and early 2017

  • Rice import requirements forecast to increase considerably in 2017 on reduced output

  • Prices of rice increased in recent months and at high levels in June

  • Drought negatively impacted livelihoods and food security of affected households

Cereal output in 2017 forecast to decrease significantly due to severe drought

23 Jun 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • With the start of the Southwest monsoon on 25 May 2017, Sri Lanka received heavy rainfall in its southern and western regions, with some parts getting over 500 mm rainfall. Flash floods and landslides caused 214 deaths with 76 people being reported as missing by 22 June 2017. At the height of the emergency, more than 700,000 people were displaced in camps, or staying with host families, or stranded on their own rooftops for days until the floods subsided. Galle, Kalutara, Matara and Ratnapura are the worst-affected districts.

22 Jun 2017 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

This paper examines the exposure, vulnerability, and ability of households in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to respond to floods, and brings out significant policy implications. The study used detailed questionnaire-based surveys to obtain data on households, to understand the vulnerability and impacts of the severe floods of November 2010 and recurrent floods since then. Households that were selected for the surveys were located in and around flooding spots in the city.

02 Apr 2017 description


“Throughout the civil war in Sri Lanka, and throughout the other moments of violent conflict, it has been women – typically mothers and wives of the disappeared – who have been the face of all the disappeared, Tamil and Sinhalese, of this country; women, refusing to disappear, standing in for their loved ones who have been made invisible.” - Subha Wijesiriwardena, 29 November, 2016

26 Jul 2013 description


  • The Government and the humanitarian partners agree to conduct a Joint Needs Assessment

  • Humanitarian cluster system deactivated

  • Area under High Security Zones reduced

  • Increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters cause concern

  • Humanitarian partners have depleted in-country emergency stocks

  • Limited funding impacts on emergency stockpiling and timely response to the needs of the affected people

20 Feb 2013 description

Asia Report N°243
20 February 2013

Colombo/Brussels, 20 February 2013: As the UN Human Rights Council prepares to open its 22nd session next week, the Sri Lankan government has made no meaningful progress on either reconciliation or accountability and instead has accelerated the country’s authoritarian turn, with attacks on the judiciary and political dissent that threaten long-term stability and peace.

13 Feb 2013 description

Human Rights Council
Twenty-second session
Agenda item 2
Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner
for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the
High Commissioner and the Secretary-General


13 Feb 2013 description
report ACT Alliance

Preliminary Appeal Target: US$163,204

Geneva, 13 February 2013

Dear Colleagues,

Heavy rains have been falling in parts of Sri Lanka since 18 December 2012, causing flash floods, landslides and overflowing of water storage tanks. Many of the areas affected by these storms were still recovering from previous heavy rains last year.