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31 Dec 2012 description

Geneva (31 December 2012) – The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, expressed today serious concern about the impeachment proceedings against the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the recent attacks against lawyers who have been fighting for the independence of the judiciary in Sri Lanka.

According to information received by the independent expert, attacks and threats against members of the judiciary and lawyers, as well as interference in their work, have dramatically increased over the past few months.

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

31 Dec 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

By Amantha Perera

UDAWALAWE, Sri Lanka, Dec 30 2012 (IPS) - Wild elephants are usually the primary attraction in the remote shrub jungles of Udawalawe, about 180 kilometres southeast of Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo. But this Christmas season, the massive Udawalawe dam stole the limelight from the lumbering beasts.

By the end of December, heavy rains had brought water levels in the Udawalawe reservoir close to spilling point, forcing irrigation engineers to open the sluice gates.

31 Dec 2012 description

In May 2010, pre-monsoon rains that were intensified by Cyclone Laila saw thunder storms and high winds, accompanied by floods and landslides, sweep through 14 of Sri Lanka’s 25 districts. The extreme weather caused severe distress to over half a million people and billions of rupees in damages to public and private assets. This report is a record of this unanticipated natural disaster and is also a guide to future post disaster assessments and highlights the importance of investment in disaster risk reduction.

30 Dec 2012 description

The government has taken immediate measures to repair the roads and tanks damaged by the landslides and floods brought on by the adverse weather the country experienced during the last two weeks while the relief measures continued for the people affected by the floods.

Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said the government continues to grant relief measure to all people displaced by the extreme weather despite the opposition's accusation that the government is not providing sufficient aid to the affected by the floods and landslides.

28 Dec 2012 description
report IRIN

UDAWALAVE, 28 December 2012 (IRIN) - Floods in the past two months following a long drought have left Sri Lanka’s Northern and Eastern provinces reeling, with tens of thousands of people displaced, thousands of houses damaged or destroyed, and stretches of agricultural land devastated.

28 Dec 2012 description

New Delhi, 28 December, 2012 – Despite legislative improvements in the protection of children in India, young refugees continue to be particularly vulnerable to neglect and abuse. This was the subject of a meeting in mid-December between Representatives from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), the government, NGOs and advocates.

During the meeting, held by Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) in India, the participants came together to map the protection of children and seek solutions which minimise gaps in service provision.

28 Dec 2012 description
report Government of Japan

The Government of Japan has partnered with UNICEF to extend support to the Family Tracing and Reunification Project. A funding grant of US$ 445,000 will be used to help families looking for their missing children, provide psychosocial support and build capacity of probation and childcare services.

Ambassador of Japan H.E. Mr. Nobuhito Hobo, Representative of UNICEF Sri Lanka Mr. Reza Hossaini and Major General G. A. Chandrasiri, Governor of the Northern Province attended the launch ceremony held at the Japanese Ambassador’s Residence.

27 Dec 2012 description

Sri Lanka - The holiday season in Sri Lanka has been marked by heavy rains, high winds and landslides affecting 315,000 people in 20 districts through the country. The hardest hit district is Batticoloa in the Eastern Province with over 229,000 people affected. The police and military are conducting rescue missions where needed and the government is providing cooked meals to those who have been displaced by the storms. 13,008 houses have been reported by the government’s Disaster Management Centre as fully or partially damaged.

27 Dec 2012 description

During the last 12 months of the year 2012, 42799 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island.

Latest Disease Trends,

Approximately 46.92% of dengue cases were reported from the Western province. The highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the month of June.

24 Dec 2012 description

The Economic Development Ministry has launched an accelerated programme to provide immediate relief to hundreds and thousands of people displaced by the recent torrential rains and floods throughout the island.