Sri Lanka: Floods - May 2010
In May 2010 Sri Lanka experienced the worst floods in decades, caused by exceptionally high pre-monsoon rainfall over a short period of time. The districts of Colombo and Gampaha suffered the most from the floods. The Colombo District saw the most number of people displaced, while Gampaha incurred the highest flood damages in terms of physical damages to assets and economic losses. Over 693,000 people were affected, and 101 temporary shelters were set up to house 22,291 displaced people. (Govt, UNDP, GFDDR, 31 Dec 2012).
In May 2010, pre-monsoon rains that were intensified by Cyclone Laila saw thunder storms and high winds, accompanied by floods and landslides, sweep through 14 of Sri Lanka’s 25 districts. The extreme weather caused severe distress to over half a million people and billions of rupees in damages to public and private assets. This report is a record of this unanticipated natural disaster and is also a guide to future post disaster assessments and highlights the importance of investment in disaster risk reduction.
Source: Alertnet // Amantha Perera
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AlertNet) - As vegetable prices keep rising, accelerated by twin floods earlier this year, Sri Lanka's government is pushing a country-wide home-garden programme to encourage Sri Lankans to grow what they might otherwise struggle to afford.
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31 January 2011 - MERCY Malaysia has activated its domestic floods response mechanisms to provide aid to the flood victims in Johor and Sarawak, as well as supporting the flood response overseas in Sri Lanka.
"Our volunteers in Johor are working closely with Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN) to assist the flood survivors there; they are packing 500 hygiene kits bound for Setia Alam today, and another 500 kits will be distributed to other affected areas," said MERCY Malaysia President, Dr Ahmad Faizal Mohd Perdaus.
"We have been monitoring all the responses very closely, …
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
BANGKOK, 30 September 2010 (IRIN) - A bed sheet to stop bleeding, broken furniture as splints for fractures, Buddhist temples turned into evacuation centres and bottled water to decontaminate wounds: People are often forced to innovate when disaster hits.
"In the first 24-48 hours of a disaster, the community bears the burden of response.
Pakistan has been hit by the worst floods in decades with over 20 million affected-people in the country, outnumbering those of the 2004 Tsunami or of this year earthquake in Haiti. In the North West as well as in the South of the country, the torrential rains have wrecked entire villages, swallowed up by rivers in spate that have turned into wrenching torrents sweeping away houses, crops and livestock.
This report covers the period from January 2010 to June 2010
Despite the ending of the decades-long conflict in Sri Lanka, weak economic growth and inequalities throughout those years combined with risks of flooding in some areas, and droughts in others are some of the hazards that threaten a significant number of vulnerable communities throughout Sri Lanka.
This report covers the period 1 January to 30 June 2010.
Programme outcome: The aim of the International Federation is to coordinate and support efforts at country and regional level to assist South Asian national societies to scale up their work to improve the lives of vulnerable people.
Programme(s) summary: The focus of the South Asia regional programmes continues to be to work towards and integrated programming approach to cross-cutting issues.
BANGKOK, 26 August 2010 (IRIN) - Governments and donors have responded to increasingly frequent and more deadly disasters by boosting funding for response, but investing in preparation, especially in the health sector, is inadequate, say specialists.
"Emergency preparedness is an afterthought for many hospitals," said Jonathan Abrahams, coordinator of the World Health Organization (WHO) Safe Hospitals initiative [http://www.safehospitals.info/], which helps countries reinforce medical …
Situation in Menik Farm
- As of 7 July, 41 662 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) remain in the five operating zones ofMenik Farm, according to data from the Ministry of Health (MOH). A fifth of this population is out of the camps at any given time due to the "pass system".
- Three referral hospitals and three primary health care centres now function at Menik Farm,with the primary health care centre in zone 0 also acting as referral hospital.
This report covers the period 1 January to 30 June 2010.
Programme outcome: The aim of the International Federation is to coordinate and support efforts at country and regional level to assist South Asian national societies to scale up their work to improve the lives of vulnerable people. Programme(s) summary: The focus of the South Asia regional programmes continues to be to work towards and integrated programming approach to cross-cutting issues.
This report covers the period 01/01/2010 to 30/06/2010.
This programme update focuses on the work of the Asia Pacific zone office in the first six months of 2010 to provide leadership and guidance to the International Federation efforts to increase the impact of Asia Pacific national societies' humanitarian activities.
During the recent flood Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) with wider involvement of branches of Gampaha, Colombo,Colombo City , Kalutara, Galle, and Puttalam districts, and the active participation of volunteers has spent nearly Rs.10 million for various relief activities.
These branches have distributed cooked food, dry rations, water and non-food relief items (NFRI) to over 71500 persons of 22150 families. For the provision of NFRI that included tents, hygiene kits, saris, sarongs, bed sheets, tarpaulin sheets, jerry cans ,the SLRCS has spent Rs.
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) distributed Non Food Relief Item (NFRI) kits to 350 flood affected families in Colombo yesterday.
The kits were provided in response to a general request from the government for assistance for those affected by the recent floods.
Although the 2010 Indian Ocean cyclone and Pacific hurricane seasons have barely begun, South Asia and Central America have already experienced devastating storms. In the aftermath, Episcopal Relief & Development is working with regional partners to support communities in need.
Beginning on May 14, 2010, four days of heavy monsoon rains caused by Cyclone Laila resulted in flash floods, high winds and landslides in many parts of Sri Lanka.
COLOMBO, 8 June 2010 (IRIN) - Health officials are stepping up their efforts to avert a dengue outbreak in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo.
According to the Ministry of Health's Epidemiology Unit, 1,806 dengue cases were reported in the city of more than half a million people in May, resulting in nine deaths, for a total 95 deaths this year.
In 2009, 4,813 cases were reported, with 42 deaths, in Colombo.
"We are taking this situation seriously," chief medical officer for the Colombo Municipal Council, Pradeep Kariyawasam, told IRIN.
COLOMBO, 2 June 2010 (IRIN) - Medical officials in Sri Lanka have expressed concern over possible health risks as most of the 13,000 displaced by flooding return home.
"A record number of health camps are being [set up] in affected districts to provide emergency healthcare to flood victims," Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena told IRIN on 2 June.
"The risk of epidemics is high but with the water subsiding, the situation has improved," he said.
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