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24 Jun 2011 description

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW & HIGHLIGHTS

  • Between 1‐31 May 2011, 171 people (58 families) arrived from Menik Farm and Kodikamam Ramavil camps in their areas of origin in Mullaitivu District (Maritimepattu Divisional Secretariat Division) and Kilinochchi District (Karachchi Divisional Secretariat Division). Approximately 2,130 IDPs (620 families) living with host families also returned to their homes in Maritimepattu and Oddusuddan Divisional Secretariat Divisions (DSD), in Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi Districts respectively.

01 Jun 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Mervyn Fletcher

NUWARA ELIYA, Sri Lanka, 31 May 2011 - A new day beckons in central Sri Lanka’s tea estates. Mother-of-five and picker of tea, Marystella, is up at 5.30 am to prepare the family’s breakfast in their spartan, tiny house.

She gathers firewood for cooking fuel and prepares the breakfast of fresh rotis using wheat flour, water and a dash of salt. The children look on before changing into their school uniforms and gathering to eat. They add some pulses and tuck in.

29 May 2011 description

In Sri Lanka Southwestern monsoonal rain has affected several thousand people mainly in four districts in the country. More than 8600 persons have been affected by heavy rain, floods and landslides in the Kegalle, Galle, Gampaha, Colombo and Kalutara Districts, the Disaster Management Centre said.

27 May 2011 description

COLOMBO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has today donated a number of items, including computers software and motorbikes to help support the post-harvest and local food production activities of the Ministries of Agriculture and Irrigation Water Resource Management.

The items were presented to the Minister of Agriculture, Honourable Mahinda Yappa Abeywardena at a ceremony attended by WFP representatives, government officials and the media.

25 May 2011 description

In the aftermath of prolonged civil war and widespread flooding in Sri Lanka, Relief International is working with community groups to meet the needs of the most vulnerable populations and help them rebuild their lives through a unique “relief to development” approach.

Having lost her crops—and thus her means of survival—when devastating floods swept through her hometown, one Sri Lankan woman named Suntharalingam devised an imaginative solution: growing limes.

16 May 2011 description

Nwanze to present ‘Diaspora Investment in Agriculture’ at Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Global Diaspora Forum

Rome and Washington, May 16: The United States Department of State and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will unveil this week in Washington, DC a new joint initiative to assist the flow of investment from international migrants to reduce rural poverty and boost food security in their home countries.

16 May 2011 description

COUNTING THE COST OF DISASTERS IN ASIA PACIFIC

The economic cost of natural disasters in the first quarter of 2011 in the Asia Pacific region is the highest on record.

12 May 2011 description

A 15-member disaster relief team deployed by the Government of Sri Lanka arrived in Japan yesterday (12/05) to carry out volunteer activities in the Ishinomaki area of Miyagi prefecture.

The team will mainly engage in mud and debris clearance operations and will assist in the tsunami struck areas of Miyagi prefecture from 13th May for a period of 2 weeks, in cooperation with the volunteer activities of ‘Peace Boat’, a Non-Governmental Organisation.

06 May 2011 description
report IRIN

COLOMBO, 6 May 2011 (IRIN) - Sri Lankans are experiencing steep increases in two staple food sources, rice and wheat, because of severe floods and global shortages, says the UN.

A World Food Programme (WFP) analysis states that rice and wheat prices increased by 30 and 26 percent respectively on a year ago, making Sri Lanka one of the worst affected by rising food prices in South Asia.

04 May 2011 description
report World Bank

COLOMBO, May 4, 2011 – The Japan Social Development Fund through the World Bank will support the nutrition improvement in mothers and children in Northern Sri Lanka with a $2.7 million grant ($300 million LKR) for a period of two years to reduce the compounded effects of the conflict as well as the global food and financial crisis on currently one of the most nutritionally vulnerable populations in the country.

28 Feb 2011 description

USAID Responds to Floods in Sri Lanka

Families looked on as heavy rains and rising flood waters tore through their carefully planted fields, submerged roads, inundated wells, and caused entire villages to empty as hundreds of thousands of people sought refuge in nearby evacuation sites. As multiple waves of floods washed through villages in Sri Lanka, some families lost everything.