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Government has granted Rs. 166 million as flood and landslide relief to the affected districts to be utilized for the displaced people by 2nd June, Disaster Management Center (DMC) sources said. see chart
On 30 May, national disaster management officials reported that water levels are beginning to recede along the major river basins. With less rainfall over the past 24 hours, local authorities with the support from the Sri Lanka Armed Forces and civil society are making progress in clearing roads, facilitating additional relief distributions. Access to remote villages remains a significant challenge.
As of 29 May (16:00, UTC+5:30), severe weather conditions have affected an estimated 557,500 people in 15 districts across Sri Lanka. Over the past three days, 177 people have been killed by floods and landslides with 109 people still missing according to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC). Over 400 houses have been destroyed, 5,200 houses partially damaged and 75,000 people are temporarily displaced in safe locations – 38,300 displaced people are in Rathnapura District
The Government of Pakistan donated 10,000 metric tons (MT) rice to assist people who affected by the drought, the inauguration event held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (07).
Maj Gen (R) Syed Shakeel Hussain, Pakistan High Commissioner of Sri Lanka offered rice donation symbolically to the President Maithripala Sirisena during the event.
Sri Lanka received 7,800 metric tons of rice in the initial stage of receiving 10,000 metric tons rice from Pakistan.
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.
In order to join hands with the Government of Pakistan’s relief activities for Sri Lanka flood affectees, Pakistan’s leading bank Muslim Commercial Bank (MCB) presented a cheque of LKR. 1 million to the President of Sri Lanka – Pakistan Trade and Investment Association, Iftikhar Aziz in a ceremony held yesterday (May 30) at the High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka.
The High Commissioner of Pakistan Maj. Gen. Syed Shakeel Hussain and officers of the High Commission were also present on the occasion.
First Pakistani Cargo flight with relief subsidiaries for the recent natural disaster victims in Sri Lanka arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) Katunayake, yesterday (23rd May).
The Cargo Plane brought full load of C-130 aircraft carrying priority relief items as indicated by the Sri Lankan authorities.
The relief items such as generators, shelters, tents, and medicines were handed over to the Minister for Disaster Management Anura Priyadarshana Yapa in a solemn ceremony by the High Commissioner to Pakistan in Sri Lanka Maj Gen. Syed Shakeel Hussain.
Government of Pakistan has sent a 30 bed fully equipped modern field hospital and relief materials for the victims of the recent floods in Sri Lanka.
The relief assistance includes a state of the art 30 bed field hospital, which is equipped with operation theatres, X- ray systems and Labs, as well as variety of relief items including Medicine, Electricity Generators, Tarpaulins, Tents, in heavy quantities.
As well, 17 Pakistani doctors will also be arriving in Sri Lanka for providing health care assistance to the flood victims.
The second special cargo flight of relief goods from Pakistan arrived Thursday (06) evening at the Sri Lankan Air Force Base at Katunayake.
The Second consignment of tents, generators and emergency medicines were handed over by the Defence Advisor of Pakistan, Col. Muhammad Rajil Irshad Khan to the Sri Lankan Army at the airport.
The Pakistani team with technicians and other tradesmen would assist the Sri Lanka Army by providing technical Knowhow for the installation of the relief materials.(KH)
The First Cargo flight of relief goods from Pakistan for the land slide victims of Haldummula arrived today at Katunayake airport.
The relief goods containing generators, shelters, tents, medicines, etc. were handed over by the High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka HE Maj Gen ® Qasim Qureshi to the Sri Lankan Deputy Chief of Staff Maj Gen EMM Ambanpola, USP.
The estimated value of the relief assistance by the Government of Pakistan for the land sliding victims is over LKR 100 Million.
The High Commissioner of Pakistan, HE Maj Gen ® Qasim Qureshi along with the entire staff of the High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka express their deep sympathy and grief on the tragic loss of life and property caused by the recent landslide in Badulla District.
The ground-breaking ceremony of Pakistan housing project for the rehabilitation of war affected homeless people of the Northern Province was held in Puthukkudiyiruppu village of Mannar Town.
UNHCR is gravely concerned about the resumption of arrests, detention and deportation of asylum-seekers and refugees in Sri Lanka.
The Government of Sri Lanka started its special operation on 9 June this year. It came to a halt on 15 August, but resumed on 3 September.
UNHCR has learnt that between 3 and 11 September, 62 Pakistani and 3 Afghan asylum-seekers were arrested and detained; 40 were subsequently deported. Since early June the authorities have arrested and detained a total of 328 refugees and asylum-seekers, and deported 183 of them to Pakistan and Afghanistan.
GENEVA (14 August 2014) – Two United Nations human rights experts today expressed their grave concern at the situation of Pakistani asylum seekers in Sri Lanka who are being detained and forcefully deported to Pakistan without an adequate assessment of their asylum claims.
“States must guarantee that every single asylum claim is individually assessed with due process and in line with international law,” stressed the UN Special Rapporteurs on minority issues, Rita Izsák, and on freedom of religion and belief, Heiner Bielefeldt.
Mr. Edwards said that the UNHCR was alarmed that recent deportations of asylum-seekers from Sri Lanka were growing in size and scope despite international calls to stop sending them back to a place where their lives could be in danger. In all, 88 Pakistanis had been sent home since 1 August. Initially, those deportees had been men previously placed into detention, but now whole families were being deported.
The Ministry of External Affairs has received a number of inquiries on the return of individual asylum seekers, mainly of Pakistan origin.
The UN refugee agency is deeply concerned about the recent deportation of Pakistani asylum-seekers from Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lankan Department of Immigration and Emigration has confirmed that 18 asylum-seekers of Pakistani origin who were registered with UNHCR were deported in the last two days. There are fears that 10 more people could follow tomorrow.
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(New York, July 3, 2014) – At least 142 Pakistanis arrested in police sweeps in Sri Lanka in June 2014 are being detained and are at risk of deportation, Human Rights Watch said today. The Sri Lankan controller general of immigration should not deport members of Pakistani minority groups until the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has had full access to them and determined their need for international protection.
COLOMBO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Weather experts in South Asia say they need a more effective system for sharing meteorological information, as the current monsoon season leaves a trail of destruction from Sri Lanka to Pakistan.
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The Government of Pakistan has funded the construction of 2 clean drinking water projects for the resettled communities in Mullaitivu district in the North. These projects were implemented in the Neerayipitty East and Kumarapuram villages in the Martainpattu DS division after under taking vulnerability assessment for the drinking water.