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30 Mar 2015 description


WFP Sri Lanka’s 2014-2017 strategic priorities are to: position WFP as a strategic and collaborative partner with the Government; contribute to the food and nutrition security of vulnerable people through an integrated approach at local level; increase the Government’s capacity to create public-private partnerships in order to become a global food supplier; and build resilience to, and mitigate the risks associated with, adverse effects of climate change, natural disasters and other shocks.

02 Feb 2015 description
report Save the Children

Introduction and purpose of the study

On 26th of December 2004, an earthquake 240 kilometres off the coast of Indonesia triggered a massive Tsunami which devastated nearby coastal areas of South-east and South Asia and affected countries as far away as East Africa. In total, an estimated 230,000 people were killed and 1.8 million people were displaced and in Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India there was widespread destruction of houses and livelihoods.

Purpose of the study 1

15 Jan 2015 description
report Salesian Missions

Heavy rains across Southeast Asia have killed dozens of people and displaced tens of thousands in Thailand, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. The area is bracing for more flooding as heavy rain is expected to continue over the next few days.

According to an Associated Press report, at least nine people were killed and 10 others were missing in mudslides triggered by heavy rains on Dec. 26 in the central hills of Sri Lanka.

05 Jan 2015 description

This map illustrates satellite-detected areas of probable flood waters as detected in a Radarsat-2 satellite image collected 30 December 2014. Detected flood waters are primarily concentrated along coastal areas and shores of inland lakes, with few large bodies of flood waters detected. Numerous roads and railroads are likely inundated by flood waters which may impede transport in those areas.

02 Jan 2015 description

Strengthening Public Private Partnership in Disaster Management, Disaster Management Centre under Ministry of disaster Management and Asia Pacific Alliance Disaster Management in Srilanka(A-PAD SL)has taken immediate action to send Biscuits, Snacks, Samaposha, Water and 22 boxes of new clothes infant nets and pillows to Chilaw, Kandy, Matale and Mahiyangana on 28th of December 2014.

Biscuits and Snacks were donated by Ceylon Biscuits Limited, Williams and clothes donated by Apparel organization and A-PAD-SL member Agencies.

31 Dec 2014 description
report Inter Press Service

KALMUNAI, Sri Lanka, Dec 31 2014 (IPS) - About six months after a massive tsunami slammed the island nation of Sri Lanka on Dec. 26, 2004, large plumes of smoke could be frequently seen snaking skywards from the beach near the village of Sainathimaruthu, just east of Kalmunai town, about 300 km from the capital, Colombo.

A petrified population had devised a makeshift early-warning system that would alert their fellow villagers of any incoming tsunami – burning rubber tires on the sand by the sea.

31 Dec 2014 description

An observer group of the Commonwealth will be in Sri Lanka at the invitation of the Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya to monitor the upcoming presidential election next month, the Commonwealth announced.

Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, former President of Guyana, will lead the nine-member Observer Group which will be in Sri Lanka from 2 to 14 January 2015.

Announcing the mission, the Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma reiterated the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation, to which the Commonwealth is a signatory.

31 Dec 2014 description

26/12/2014 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society today commemorated the tenth commemoration of the Indian Ocean Tsunami that swept across the island nation ten years ago, killing over 35,000 people and affecting over two million.

31 Dec 2014 description

This Quarterly Update covers the activities of the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) between 1 October and 31 December 2014. It is also available to be read online or downloaded at www.internal-displacement.org.

IDMC, established by the Norwegian Refugee Council, is the leading non-governmental body monitoring internal displacement worldwide.

31 Dec 2014 description

About this report

This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and Offshore Processing Centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.

31 Dec 2014 description


  • Regional inflation has slowed in recent months in part because energy and crude oil prices have fallen on oversupply.

  • Early estimates indicate Typhoon Hagupit has caused US$ 224 million in crop losses in the Philippines.

  • In Sri Lanka, rice prices were 32.2 percent higher than one year ago because drought at the start of the cropping season reduced production by 29 percent.

  • Pakistan approved a subsidy for basmati rice farmers to offset recent price declines.

31 Dec 2014 description

Physical Exposure to Drought

Drought is a phenomenon that affects more people globally than any other natural hazard. Unlike aridity, which refers to a semi-permanent condition of low precipitation (desert regions), drought results from the accumulated effect of deficient precipitation over a prolonged period of time.

The units used in this product refer to the expected average annual population (2010 as the year of reference) exposed (inhabitants). The dataset includes an estimate of the annual physical exposure to drought. It is based on three sources:

31 Dec 2014 description

Tropical Storm Risk Zones

This map was derived from the Munich Reinsurance Company's World Map of Natural Hazards and shows tropical storm intensity based on the five wind speeds of the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

31 Dec 2014 description

Sixteen years of wildfires in Asia-Pacific

Wild land fires and other biomass fires annually burn a total land area of between 3.5 and 4.5 million km2, equivalent to the surface area of India and Pakistan together, or more than half of Australia. This makes it one of the most spatially prevalent hazards after drought.