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15 Nov 2018 description
  • Tropical cyclone GAJA continued south-west over the Bay of Bengal, slightly strengthening. On 15 November at 0:00 UTC, its centre was located approx. 370 km east-north-east of Nagapattinam town (Tamil Nadu State, south-east India) and 375 km north-east of Point Pedro town (northeastern Sri Lanka) with maximum sustained winds of 83 km/h.

  • GAJA could make landfall close to Nagapattinam town on 15 November late in the afternoon, as a tropical storm, with maximum sustained winds up to 95-100 km/h.

15 Nov 2018 description

Issued by the natural hazards early warning center
At 08.00 p.m. 15th November 2018. For the period until 02.00 p.m. 16th November 2018

For Northern and North-Central Provinces and Puttalam and Trincomalee districts and for Northern, Eastern and Gulf of Mannar sea areas


The Severe Cyclonic storm ‘GAJA’ over the Southwest Bay of Bengal is now located approximately 170 km away from Kankasanturai to the northeast of Sri Lanka, near latitude-10.8N, Longitude-81.2E at 05.30p.m. on 15 November. It is very likely to move west-southwestwards.

14 Nov 2018 description


This report examines the query:

  • What outcomes do school feeding interventions aim to achieve in humanitarian response, and what evidence is there that they have achieved them?

  • What is the evidence of the added value (or not) of school feeding when combined/ compared with other social protection programmes e.g. cash transfers?

K4D helpdesk reports provide summaries of current research, evidence and lessons learned. This report was commissioned by the UK Department for International Development.

14 Nov 2018 description

Tropical cyclone GAJA continued south-west over the Bay of Bengal, as a tropical storm. On 14 November at 0:00 UTC, its centre was approx. 630 km east-north-east of Chidambaram town (Tamil Nadu State) and 655 km north-east of Point Pedro town (north-east Sri Lanka) with maximum sustained winds of 74 km/h. It is forecast to continue west-south-west, slightly strengthening, with maximum sustained winds up to 83 km/h.

13 Nov 2018 description

Overall levels of organized violence remained static across the South and Southeast Asian regions while the overall levels of demonstrations significantly decreased following the previous week’s spike due to the eruption of country-wide blasphemy demonstrations in Pakistan.

13 Nov 2018 description
  • Cyclonic storm Gaja was located approx. 750 km east of Chennai (Tamilnadu), 840 km east-north-east of Nagappattinam (Tamilnadu) and 850 km north-east of Kanakasanthurai (Sri Lanka) as of 5:30 hrs on 13 November.

  • Though it is very likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm over the next 24 hours, it is set to weaken gradually, as it crosses the Tamil Nadu coast between Cuddalore district and Pamban in Ramanathapuram district on 15 November.

12 Nov 2018 description


On 29 October, Typhoon Yutu (locally named ‘Rosita’) made landfall in Isabela Province. As of 9 November, there were 11 confirmed dead and over 2,500 houses destroyed. Although this storm was not as strong as was initially feared, it affected many of the same communities which were affected by Typhoon Mangkhut (locally named ‘Ompong’) in September. There were nearly 1,100 Baranguays affected by both storms which caused repeated displacement across six different provinces.

2,500 houses destroyed

10 Nov 2018 description

More than 57 Army personnel including Officers of the Security Force Headquarters - Kilinochchi (SFHQ-KLN) late Thursday (8) afternoon placed sand bags and prevented a split in the Vannivilankulam tank bund, affected due to continuing torrential rains.

Divisional Secretariat for Manthai East and officials at the Departments of Agriculture and Irrigation alerted the 65 Division Headquarters about the imminent danger that would displace thousands in the event of any breach of the tank bund owing to fast swelling rainy water levels.

08 Nov 2018 description

The latest edition of Crisis Group's monthly conflict tracker highlights dangers of escalating conflict in Sri Lanka and Yemen. CrisisWatch also notes improved situations in China/Japan and Nagorno-Karabakh (Azerbaijan).

08 Nov 2018 description
report Government of Japan

The Government of Japan has extended a total sum of US$ 625,000 (Approximately Rs. 97 million) in grant aid for humanitarian demining in Northern Sri Lanka, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP).