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23 Aug 2015 description
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By Amantha Perera

VISUVAMADU, Sri Lanka, Aug 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Since Sri Lanka's three-decade civil war ended in 2009, Nagarathnam Ganeshan has faced a major new uncertainty: how much water he will have to grow his crops.

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13 Aug 2015 description
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By Katie Nguyen

LONDON, Aug 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The torture of minority Tamils in Sri Lanka by the police and military remains a major problem six years after the end of the civil war with victims beaten, burned and sexually abused, a UK-based charity providing medical care to survivors said.

In a report released on Thursday, Freedom from Torture said that in 2014, for the third year in a row, Sri Lanka was the top country of origin of those the charity helped.

03 Mar 2015 description
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By Amantha Perera

PERALIYA, Sri Lanka, March 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When the Indian Ocean tsunami swept ashore on Dec. 26, 2004, Supunsara Methmani was just eight years old. But the memories are still fresh in her mind.

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25 Dec 2014 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 24 Dec 2014 07:02 GMT

By Amantha Perera

COLOMBO, Dec 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A series of extreme weather events in the past three years has held back already slow post-war reconstruction efforts in Sri Lanka's Northern Province, officials and experts say.

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02 Dec 2014 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 1 Dec 2014 11:28 GMT
Author: Amantha Perera

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sri Lanka needs to make better use of hazard mapping to minimise the impact of frequent, and often devastating, extreme weather events linked to climate change, experts say.

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12 Nov 2014 description
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Author: Amantha Perera

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Nov 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Four days before the village of Meeriyabedda was swept by a landslide that killed at least 10 people, district officials received early warning that the area was in danger - but those warnings were not effectively relayed to villagers, officials said this week.

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21 Oct 2014 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:01 GMT

By Nita Bhalla and Shihar Aneez

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka, Oct 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the fishing village of Oori, two mothers await news of their young daughters who were taken to a care home three months ago after their alleged rape by members of the Sri Lankan navy.

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15 Sep 2014 description
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Amantha Perera

South Asia is set to get a new drought monitoring tool next year, which policymakers hope will help a region increasingly buffeted by extreme weather. The tool, which will incorporate satellite photos of vegetation and forests, meteorological data, details of ground moisture measurements and crop-yield data, should be available for use by next April, the experts developing it said.

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11 Aug 2014 description
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By Nita Bhalla

NEW DELHI, Aug 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations can conduct an effective investigation into reports of war crimes in Sri Lanka without visiting the country, said U.N. Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay, reacting to a government decision to deny investigators entry.

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14 Jul 2014 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:00 GMT

Author: Alisa Tang

After disasters strike, communities sometimes have no choice but to build a new life in a new place.

19 May 2014 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 19 May 2014 10:15 AM

Author: Amantha Perera

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka/YANGON, Myanmar (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When Sri Lanka’s long-running civil war ended in May 2009, Murigesu Tharmalingam thought his life would finally change for the better. A paddy rice farmer from the Jaffna Peninsula in the country’s Northern Province, he felt confident that peace would bring better crops and profits.

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18 May 2014 description
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Amantha Perera

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When Sri Lanka’s brutal civil war ended in May 2009 after raging for over two and half decades, it signaled the end of a long- running national nightmare. But, with many men killed, for thousands of women the war’s end meant the beginning of a new life of hardship.

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25 Apr 2014 description
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Amantha Perera

COLOMBO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Warm April weather is nothing new in Sri Lanka. Over generations, Sri Lankans have become accustomed to temperatures of up to 34 degrees Celsius during this month, when the sun moves directly overhead. They also know from experience that the baking heat will soon be eased by the arrival of the monsoon in May.

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18 Sep 2013 description
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Author: Amantha Perera

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Long-term interventions are essential to stem deteriorating food security among victims of frequent extreme weather events in Sri Lanka, experts warn.

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08 Mar 2013 description
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SELVANAGAR, Sri Lanka (AlertNet) – When she came back to her house almost two-and-a-half years after fleeing it amid intense fighting, Rajina Mary looked desperately for one thing – the well in her garden.

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18 Feb 2013 description
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COLOMBO (AlertNet) - Whenever flash floods hit the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, Nayanajith Thilekeratne doesn’t have the luxury of suspending the bus service he operates between the city and the airport 30 km north, often leaving him out of pocket.

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18 Jan 2013 description
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By Amantha Parera

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AlertNet) – The year’s end is usually a good time for wholesale rice suppliers in Sri Lanka. Customers are busy stocking up, particularly in wealthier urban areas like the capital, Colombo.

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08 Nov 2012 description
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By Amantha Perera

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AlertNet) – Rapid destruction of South Asia’s mangroves, which act as a buffer against extreme weather conditions such as storm surges and rising sea levels, is endangering lives and livelihoods in the region, experts say.

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22 Oct 2012 description
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By Amantha Perera

VAVUNIYA, Sri Lanka (AlertNet) – Since returning to farming after decades of displacement during Sri Lanka’s long civil war, Kusmalatha Tammitta has faced a new enemy: extreme weather, particularly long droughts followed by bursts of heavy rain.

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02 Aug 2012 description
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By Amantha Perera

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AlertNet) – In 2006, when the Asian Development Bank (ADB) decided to launch a multi-million dollar rural water project in eastern and north central regions of Sri Lanka, there was one overriding requirement – women would be placed in key positions.

As a result, experts say, the $263 million program, aimed at providing drinking water to over 900,000 people by 2011, has been a particular success.