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29 Sep 2017 description

Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samraweera while condemning the recent attack on Rohingya refugees, who were under the care of UNHCR, urged the police to take action against the perpetrators of these crimes.

20 Sep 2017 description

It is observed that numerous groups have been expressing divergent views over the past few days with regard to the situation that has developed in Myanmar and the Rohingya refugees.

The following press release is therefore issued by the Ministry in charge of the subject of Immigration and Emigration.

A group of 55 Rohingyas fleeing from Myanmar was rescued in mid sea by Sri Lankan Navy on March 03,2008 and handed over to the UNHRC. All these refugees have left Sri Lanka in July 2012.

02 May 2017 description

by Reuters Monday, 1 May 2017 17:48 GMT

Tens of thousands Muslim Rohingya have fled mostly Buddhist Myanmar since 2012

COLOMBO, May 1 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's navy intercepted a boat carrying 30 Rohingya refugees who had been living in India and two suspected Indian traffickers after they tried to enter the country illegally, police said on Monday.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

23 Jan 2017 description


As of 17 January, an estimated 644,000 people across eight provinces have been affected by drought and salt water intrusion over the past four months. Batticaloa District in Eastern province is the worst affected with 302,000 people experiencing the effects of drought.

The Government has initiated water trucking in Batticaloa and taken measures to import additional rice in the event the prolonged drought has significant impact on food supplies. The President of Sri Lanka has established a Task Force to coordinate the response.

13 Oct 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

Sri Lanka is literally baking these days.

During the first week of October, the Metrological Department reported that maximum daytime temperatures in some parts of the country were between 5 to 2C above average. They hit 38.3C in some parts of the North Central Province, a region vital for the staple rice harvest.

01 Aug 2016 description

Geneva, 29 June 2016

I am honoured to present an oral update on Sri Lanka, and the report of my Office on Myanmar.

21 May 2016 description
report Direct Relief

• Reported Deaths: 64 • Affected People: 2,300,000+

Direct Relief has extended offers of support this week to the Sri Lanka Disaster Management Center and other longstanding partners in Sri Lanka after powerful storm dropped nearly 15 inches of rain on the island nation. The storm triggered flashfloods and deadly landslides that buried entire villages, forced nearly 300,000 people to evacuate, and claimed at least 64 lives. More than 150 people remain missing.

Bangladesh, India, and Myanmar On Alert

19 May 2016 description
report The Washington Post

By Angela Fritz May 18 at 12:31 PM

Two landslides in central Sri Lanka on May 17 followed three days of heavy rain and floods. More than 150 people are feared dead as rescuers continue to try to save stranded victims. (Reuters) A storm that has been festering for days in the Bay of Bengal caused torrential rain, flooding and a deadly landslide in Sri Lanka on Wednesday. It could hammer parts of eastern India with over 20 inches of rain through the weekend as it tracks up the coast.

01 Oct 2015 description


30 September 2015

Hears Presentation of Reports and Updates on Myanmar, Cambodia, Yemen, South Sudan, Boko Haram and Iraq and Starts General Debate on Technical Assistance and Capacity Building

10 Mar 2015 description
report UN News Service

10 March 2015 – Following elections, peaceful transition, a historic opportunity has now presented itself for Sri Lanka to set up a domestic process that is credible, accountable and up to par with international norms and standards for the benefit of the country’s people, with the help of the wider international community, the United Nations political chief said today.

16 Feb 2015 description


On 9 - 12 Feb heavy rainfall fell on the island of Java, including the capital Jakarta. Local authorities have reported four casualties and temporary displacement of almost 7,100 people. All IDPs returned to their homes by 13 Feb. Government agencies, Indonesia Red Cross, NGOs, military and police provided search and rescue support and relief to the displaced.

4 people killed

7,100 people evacuated


19 May 2014 description
report AlertNet

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.

Read the full article on AlertNet.

23 May 2013 description


  • On the morning of 16 May, cyclonic storm Mahasen made landfall in Patuakhali district in southern Bangladesh moved forward to the northeast away from Myanmar, weakened and dissipated on 17 May.

  • Relevant storm tracking sites stopped tracking the weather system once it moved over northern Bangladesh early on 17 May.

  • 7 deaths were reported by the Government of Sri Lanka.

  • The Government of Bangladesh reported 14 deaths, 65 injured persons.

07 May 2012 description

The Federal Government has allocated more than $7 million towards overseas assistance projects supporting displaced and vulnerable people overseas, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, said today from Sri Lanka.

Mr Bowen, who is on a five–day visit to India and Sri Lanka, said funding was allocated for 15 projects, including five projects supporting displaced Sri Lankan people through improved health services and provision of shelter and protection.

18 Apr 2012 description

New Delhi, 17 April 2012: Health experts from the 11 Member States of WHO’s SouthEast Asia Region met in New Delhi on 16-17 April to discuss and brainstorm about universal health care in the Region. WHO is urging countries in the Region to give priority to public health and the health needs of the poor through appropriate technology and health systems that are anchored at the community level.