Sri Lanka: Flash Floods - Jan 2007
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Top exporters are trading less of the staple food, hurting countries that rely on imports.
By David Montero | Correspondent
Asia, home to many of the world's top rice suppliers, accounts for 76 percent of the 30 million tons of the staple food exported each year.
This report covers the period 01/01/06 to 31/12/07 of a two-year planning and appeal process.
World cereal production in 2007 remains on course to reach a record level of 2 095 million tonnes, but with some major crops yet to be planted, the forecast is still tentative.
Based on the current 2007 production outlook, global cereal supplies are forecast to increase in the new 2007/08 marketing season.
When the residents of Andargasyaya village woke up in morning they found their feet in water. Their houses were flooded and everything around them was floating.
The incessant rain in the hills of Sri Lanka during the second week of January has wreaked havoc. In the hills landslides disrupted life and flash floods devastated life in the southern parts of the country.
Widespread damage was caused by the flash floods, as water flowed down the slopes decimating everything that came its way.
- Key Issues
Batticaloa District. Currently, the situation is volatile in the areas where fighting is taking place, especially in Batticaloa District where military operation by the security forces is ongoing in Vakarai. A large number of IDPs, an estimated 7000-8000, have crossed from the LTTE controlled areas to the government controlled areas during the last days. According to local authorities, the total IDP population in Batticaloa district is now 63,800. There are currently 49 sites for IDP's in Batticaloa, Emergency assistance to the new IDPs is ongoing.
Situation Report of Flood and Landslides
- January 2007 as at 25.01.2007
AMDA Sri Lanka in collaboration with the St. John Ambulance Sri Lanka despatched teams to Nuwara Eliya to assist the relief work and provide first aid and emergency medical care.
Period of Operations: 17th to 22nd January 2007.
Ajith Dissanayake - Leader
Rezin Qader - Co-ordinator
Krishantha - Driver
Lasitha - Driver
1 Ambulance LW 0072
The government has launched a swift recovery programme under the 'Jathika Saviya' development project to uplift the livelihood of the people in the district if Nuwara Eliya, who were severely effected by the landslides caused due to the heavy rains for the last couple of weeks.
Accordingly to this programme, immediate measures will be taken to uplift the civil life of the people while upgrading the destroyed properties and infrastructure in Walapane,Hanguranketha and other areas.
People living in temporary welfare centers in Hanguranketa and Walapane of Nuwraeliya District following the landslides are provided with non-food relief items and first aid by the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS).
Rice, 2000 sleeping mats, 1000 saris, 800 underskirts, 1000 sarongs, 500 bed sheets, blankets, soap, 500 children's ware, 100 packets of Anchor milk powder, hurricane lamps, 500 jerry cans, 500 rain coats, 1259 t-shirts, 400 trouses and sanitary kits were distributed to families in welfare centers in Hanguranketa and Walapane.
by Rukshan Ratnam, Information Manager, International Federation, Colombo
Heavy rains over the past two months have resulted in landslides and floods across some of Sri Lanka's central and southern districts.
Two bouts of rains in late December and early January caused extensive damage in districts of Nuwara Eliya, Monaragala, Kandy, Badulla, Ampara and Hambantota.
The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in 185 countries.
This Bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the situation and the information available at this time. The Federation is not seeking funding or other assistance from donors for this operation at this time.
(New York: 19 January 2007): The United Nations is undertaking a number of initiatives to support the Government of Sri Lanka in response to recent flooding and landslides that have struck Hambantota, Ampara and Nuwara Eliya districts on the Southern/Eastern slopes and Central Hills of the country.
These activities complement the effective and coordinated response by the Government of Sri Lanka to the disaster, which has saved many lives and rendered fewer people homeless.
COLOMBO, 19 January 2007 - UNICEF handed over non-food relief items to the value of 7 million rupees to the Government Agent in Nuwara Eliya, at the request of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights which is coordinating the relief effort.
The items will be used by children and their families who were affected by the devastating torrential rains which triggered landslides in the district last week.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) airlifted emergency supplies to Sri Lanka on January 17 to assist victims of the floods and landslides that have devastated this island country.
Torrential rains have pummeled Sri Lanka since January 12, leading to 23 dead or missing and 4 injured and has damaged 1,391 homes as of January 15, according to the National Disaster Management Center of Sri Lanka's Ministry of Disaster Relief Services.
Floods and Landslides in Sri Lanka
Around 60,000 people have been displaced in Sri Lanka by flooding caused by torrential monsoon rains, while the death toll from landslides rose to 18.
Sri Lanka's central tea-growing hills are prone to landslides during the monsoon, particularly in the district of Nuwara Eliya renowned for its lush plantations, where the deaths occurred.
"A total of 12,500 families have been affected due to the floods and landslides.
Plan areas in the hill country of Sri Lanka have been hit by massive mudslides caused by days of torrential rain.
More than 760 people have been affected in the four Plan areas of Loolcondra estate, Rockwood estate, Hope estate and Rahatungoda.
Many people have lost their homes, with others badly damaged. Currently people are taking shelter in temporary camps in schools, managed by the government.
Government agencies are providing basic needs such as food and water.
Situation Report of Flood and Landslides
- January 2007 as at 17.01.2007
- The Government of Japan has decided
to provide emergency assistance in kind (tents, blankets, water purifiers,
plastic sheets and sleeping mats), equivalent to approximately 15 million
yen, to the Government of Sri Lanka, which has sustained landslide and
flood disaster caused by torrential rain since January 12.
COLOMBO, Jan 15, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Some 2000 people in at least four villages in Sri Lanka's Central highlands affected by earth slips are currently cut off from relief supplies, state officials said Monday.
DPJ Kumarasiri, additional district secretary of the Nuwara Eliya district, said the earth slips caused by torrential rains had made road access and telephone communication completely impossible.
The Sri Lanka Airforce which had airlifted trapped people and even air dropped food parcels are unable to do so due to very poor weather conditions.
Troops were deployed …