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14 Feb 2008 description

During the year 2008 (from January upto date), Ministry of Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services has released funds to relevant Districts Secretaries to assist people affected by natural disasters and calamities in their respective districts.

- A sum of Rs.1.8 Million has been released to District Secretary, Trincomalee on 24.01.2008 for renovation of the Gomarankadawala Buddhist Temple.

- A sum of Rs.02 Million has been released to District Secretary, Mannar on 12.02.2008 for payment of compensation to victims of violence.

- A sum of Rs.05 Million has been released to …

10 Jan 2007 description
report Muslim Aid

A few clothes hang on fences; toys are seen floating on murky brown coloured water; pillows clog the drains and people, already shouldered with life's burdens, slowly and determinedly clean their mud stained wooden shacks, in a rhythmic and experienced manner.  These are the 'invisible people' of Mabola and Wellampitiya (towns just north of Colombo), daily wage workers living on the brink of poverty, who once again have been exposed to the harsh realities of an Indian Monsoon.  This time though, Mother Nature has been exceptionally harsh, with virtually non stop rain …

21 Dec 2006 description
14-21 December 2006


Situation update

The general situation in Kilinochchi has been calm during reporting period.

On Wednesday, December 20, 2006, MoD has granted GA Kilinochchi a permission to transport 700,000 liter of kerosene from Vavuniya for general public consumption. Similarly on Tuesday December 19, 2006, UN agencies based in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts have received the permission to transport the December quota of fuel from Commissioner General Essential Services [CGES].

30 Nov 2006 description

Flood, Situation Report, During the Period of 25 Oct. to 30 Nov. 2006
(Prepared by National Disaster Management Centre, Ministry of Disaster Relief Services)

28 Nov 2006 description
report Plan International

Heavy rain over the past few weeks has caused flooding and landslides in two Foster Parents Plan (Plan) communities.

13 Nov 2006 description
report Xinhua

COLOMBO, Nov 13, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- At least four people died and four others were injured in a landslide caused by heavy rains, the police said Monday.

The tragedy happened at Pussallewa area, about 140 km east of the capital Colombo.

"We found at least five vehicles buried in a heap of earth which had fallen onto the road at around 9 p.m. (1530 GMT) Sunday, " said the police.

Among the buried vehicles was an earth moving machine which was deployed to remove earth from the main highway leading to the holiday resort of Nuwara Eliya in the central hill …

02 Nov 2006 description

COLOMBO, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Thousands of Sri Lankans displaced by heavy monsoon flooding which killed 26 people have returned to their homes as waters subside, government officials said on Thursday.

The floods, triggered by heavy rains that began a week ago, destroyed 77 homes, damaged 358 and briefly forced more than 330,000 people from their homes, but most have now returned. Heavy monsoon rains died down on Tuesday.

"People started returning to their homes as the rains stopped and the floods started to subside," said N.D.

02 Nov 2006 description

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2006/0220
OCHA Situation Report No. 2
Sri Lanka - Floods

This situation report is based on information received from the OCHA Office in Sri Lanka.


1. As a result of the inter-monsoon rains combined with storms several areas of Sri Lanka have flooded. As of 1 November, the Disaster Management Centre reported that 25 people had been killed, two had been injured and about 333,000 people had been affected.

02 Nov 2006 description

Note: Rainfall estimated for period 25 - 31 October 2006.

01 Nov 2006 description
report UN News Service

With an estimated 333,000 Sri Lankans affected by floods, landslides and displacement, United Nations agencies are gearing up to help the Government in its relief efforts.

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) stands ready to immediately provide 6,000 sets of kitchen utensils, 3,000 sleeping mats, 200 water tanks, 10,000 bed sheets, 10,000 towels and 10,000 bars of soap, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

If needed, UNICEF will procure septic tank cleaning equipment such as gully suckers and water pumps.

01 Nov 2006 description

Inter-monsoon rains at the end of October caused floods, landslides and subsequent displacement. The rains resulted in the deaths of 25 persons and affected an estimated 333,000 persons according to figures released by the National Disaster Management Centre. Furthermore, 71 houses were completely damaged with partial damage to 358 houses. The United Nations is supporting the Government in its relief efforts

A brief summary of assistance is provided below highlighting capacity and resources should a further need arise.