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01 Feb 2013 description

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW & HIGHLIGHTS

Returns and displacement

By the end of December 2012, 467,533 people (140,725 families) had returned to the Northern Province. This figure includes 267,865 people (80,292 families) displaced after April 2008 and 199,668 people (55,273 families) displaced before April 2008 1 .

22 Jan 2013 description

NATURAL DISASTERS IN 2012

After an intense year of natural disasters in 2011, countries in the Asia-Pacific region welcomed a reduction in the number of events in 2012. OCHA and the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters recorded 93 natural disaster events in 2012, in which over 3,200 people were killed and more than 75 million people were affected. China and the Philippines experienced the most disasters in 2012.

31 Dec 2012 description
  1. Philippines - TC Bopha (Pablo) struck the southern Philippines about 4 weeks ago. Nearly 974,000 people remain displaced, of whom almost 14,000 are in 87 evacuation centers. The rest are staying outside of the centers. As of 25 Dec, 1,067 people are reported as dead and another 834 are missing. A large international response is underway, in support of the government. Emergency Shelter remains the highest priority need.
    Source: OCHA

23 Dec 2012 description
  1. Philippines - TC Bopha (Pablo) struck the southern Philippines about 3 weeks ago. Nearly 834,000 people remain displaced, of whom almost 12,000 are in 43 evacuation centers. The rest are staying outside of the centers. As of 21 Dec, 1,050 people are reported as dead and another 838 are missing. A large international response is underway, in support of the government. Emergency Shelter is the highest priority need.
    Source: OCHA

20 Dec 2012 description

Heavy rain and high winds have severely affected over 314,900 people (80,500 families) in 14 Districts in Sabaragamuwa, North Western, Uva, Central, Southern, North Central and Eastern Provinces including 25 deaths reported. Total of 19,314 people are currently staying in 169 evacuation centres in Matale, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Monaragala, Batticaloa and Ampara.

30 Nov 2012 description

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW & HIGHLIGHTS

Returns and displacement

By the end of October 2012, 471,588 people (141,336 families) had returned to the Northern Province. This figure includes 241,467 people (76,885 families) displaced after April 2008 and 230,121 persons (64,451 families) displaced before April 2008.

05 Nov 2012 description
  1. Myanmar - The total IDP caseload in Rakhine state is nearly 110,000 people. Violence in Oct caused 89 deaths and 136 injuries. Over 5,300 houses and religious buildings were burned or destroyed. The Gov requested international assistance to support the humanitarian response.
    Source: OCHA

29 Oct 2012 description

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW & HIGHLIGHTS

Returns and displacement

By the end of September 2012, 453,070 people (135,281 families) had returned to the Northern Province. This figure includes 236,238 people (74,894 families) displaced after April 2008 and 216,832 persons (60,387 families) displaced before April 2008.

11 Oct 2012 description

Responding to the Crisis in Syria

Instability and conflict in Syria continue to affect hundreds of thousands of people. An estimated one million Syrians have been internally displaced, while the overall total affected population is estimated at up to 2.5 million.

25 Sep 2012 description

(Colombo, 25 September 2012): Menik Farm in Sri Lanka, once the world’s largest camp for people displaced from the conflict in Sri Lanka in 2009 has closed, as the last remaining inhabitants leave the camp.

“This is a milestone event towards ending a chapter of displacement in Sri Lanka some three years after the civil war which ended in May 2009. But there are still some people who are unable to return to their homes and a solution urgently needs to be found,” said the United Nations (UN) Humanitarian Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Mr. Subinay Nandy.

13 Sep 2012 description

(Colombo 13 September 2013)

In the last 34 years natural disasters have killed more than 37,000 Sri Lankans. As recently as November 2010, heavy monsoon rains triggered devastating floods in parts of the country, affecting close to 1.2 million people (319,451 families). Thousands of families lost their livelihoods. Some 30,000 houses were partially damaged or completely destroyed and 300,000 hectares of rice paddy was ruined. The economic cost of disasters over the last ten years in Sri Lanka exceeded LKR 257 billion rupees, or USD 1.95 billion dollars.

31 Aug 2012 description

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW & HIGHLIGHTS

Returns and displacement

By the end of August 2012, 447,269 people (133,518 families) had returned to the Northern Province. This figure includes 234,024 people (74,192 families) displaced after April 2008 and 213,245 persons (59,326 families) displaced before April 20081.

21 Aug 2012 description

Colombo, Sri Lanka (21 August 2012). The World Humanitarian Day which falls annually on the 19 of August was observed today by the United Nations and the broader humanitarian community together with the Government of Sri Lanka at the UN compound. Hon. Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Economic Development and other senior government officials, presided at the event.

17 Aug 2012 description

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW & HIGHLIGHTS

Returns and displacement

By the end of July 2012, 442,648 people (132,099 families) had returned to the Northern Province with the support of the Government of Sri Lanka and humanitarian organizations. This figure includes 229,842 people (72,907 families) displaced after April 2008 and 212,806 persons (59,192 families) displaced before April 20081.

At the end of July, 5,443 IDPs (1,603 families), displaced after April 2008, remained in camps awaiting return to their areas of origin.