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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.

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
  • 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.

02 Nov 2018 description

Nearly 4000 Sri Lankan refugees living in camps in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu have reportedly applied for return to Sri Lanka in the coming months. Political turmoil erupted on Friday as Parliament was suspended and the country’s former Prime Minister reinstated, suggesting the situation on the ground may be volatile.

26 Oct 2018 description

Nearly 4,000 of more than 62,000 refugees living in camps in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu have registered to return

By Rina Chandran

BANGKOK, Oct 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of Sri Lankan refugees living in India are ready to return to their homeland decades after fleeing civil war, according to a rights group that said returnees will receive a plot of land and other assistance.

10 Aug 2018 description
report Government of India

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that his government will provide necessary facilities to the Sri Lankan refugees arriving from Tamil Nadu.

Answering to a question in Parliament on Wednesday, Wickremsinghe said Indian government has informed that 3,815 Sri Lankan refugees living in refugee camps in Tamil Nadu have expressed their willingness to come back to Sri Lanka.

He asserted that the Ministry of Resettlement is working on providing permanent land, housing, livelihood assistance and facilities to the returning families.

18 Mar 2018 description

Act for Peace and its local partner, the Organisation for Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation (OfERR), are improving the quality of health care across 107 refugee camps in India. These camps house over 60,000 Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka.

The program achieves its success through linking refugees to essential healthcare services. It also provides nutrition support and personal development programs.

05 Dec 2017 description
  • Tropical Cyclone OCKHI continued moving over the east central Arabian Sea, weakening and heading toward the northwestern coast of India. On 5 December at 0.00 UTC its centre was located 300 km south-west of Mumbai city (Maharashtra State) and 470 km south-west of Surat city (Gujarat State) with maximum sustained winds speed of 111 km/h (Tropical Storm).

01 Dec 2017 description
  • Tropical Cyclone OCKHI continued to move west-northwestwards still as a Tropical Storm. On 1 December at 0.00 UTC, its centre was located 130 km north-east of Minicoy city (Maliku island, Lakshadweep archipelago, India).

  • Over the next 48 hours it is forecast to move north-northwestwards over the Arabian Sea passing south-west of Kavaratti island (Lakshadweep islands) and intensify further. Heavy rain to very heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge may occur over Lakshadweep islands and Kerala as well as over the western and southern coast of Sri Lanka.

06 Jun 2017 description

Okkur, 29 May 2017 - Rishna was a six-month old baby when her parents, along with her and her two elder brothers, fled war-torn Jaffna in Sri Lanka and reached the shores of Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu in 1990. Her father who immediately returned to Sri Lanka to bring other relatives of his to Tamil Nadu was shot dead by the Sri Lankan Navy.

01 Dec 2016 description
  • Tropical Cyclone NADA (previously named "FOUR") continued moving north-west over the southern Bay of Bengal, towards the southern states of India, as a Tropical Storm. On 1 December at 0.00 UTC its centre was located approx. 220 km east of Nagapattinam district (Tamil Nadu state, India) and 150 km north-east of Mullaitivu district (Northern province, Sri Lanka) and had max. sustained wind speed of 74 km/h (Tropical Storm).
  • Over the next 24 h, it is forecast to continue moving west-northwest, over the Bay of Bengal, slightly weakening.
01 Dec 2016 description
  • A new Tropical Cyclone named "FOUR" (locally named "NADA") formed over the southern Bay of Bengal, approximately 520 km east of Sri Lanka, on 29 November. It moved north-west over the Bay of Bengal, towards the south-eastern coasts of India, strengthening.

  • On 30 November at 0.00 UTC, its centre was located approximately 710 km south-east of the eastern coasts of Tamil Nadu state (India) and had maximum sustained wind speed of 74 km/h (Tropical Storm).

18 Jun 2016 description

Media Statement from WHO South-East Asia Regional Office

The South-East Asia Region of the World Health Organization (WHO), comprising of 11 countries including India, continues to be polio free. No child has been afflicted by wild poliovirus since the last case was reported from West Bengal, India, in January 2011.

20 May 2016 description

SITUATION

• TC ROANU formed over the south-western Bay of Bengal, near the south-eastern coasts of India, on 18 May. It then started moving in parallel with the coast of eastern India. On 20 May at 6.00 UTC, its centre was located approx. 120 km south of Ganjam district (Odisha state, India) and it had max. sustained wind speed of 93 km/h.

17 May 2016 description
report Government of India

REGIONAL SPECIALISED METEOROLOGICAL CENTRE-TROPICAL CYCLONES, NEW DELHI SPECIALTROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

DEMS-RSMC TROPICAL CYCLONES NEW DELHI DATED 17.05.2016

29 Feb 2016 description

Highlights

  • 828* New Refugee Registrations

  • 71* Long Term Visas (LTVs) or Stay Visas issued to refugees

  • *103 Voluntary Repatriation (Sri Lankans‐101 Afghans‐2)

  • 14* Naturalised Hindu‐Sikh Afghans (3885 cases under process)

* Cumulative figures from 1/1/2016 to 31/1/2016

Population of concern

  • A total of 209,234 people of concern
12 Jan 2016 description

Media Statement by Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director for WHO South-East Asia

On 13 January, WHO South-East Asia Region completes five years without any case of wild poliovirus. This is a remarkable achievement in view of the continued threat of poliovirus importation from the remaining polio-endemic countries.