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03 Jul 2013 description
report IRIN

COLOMBO, 3 July 2013 (IRIN) - It has been nearly a month since Afthas Niflal almost lost his life at sea. The 22-year-old fisherman from the southern Sri Lankan town of Beruwala found himself caught up in 70km winds in the early morning of 8 June and was left clinging to his overturned boat before being rescued.

Fifty-four people, mostly fishermen, died in the storm and six were reported missing, according to the government's Disaster Management Centre (DMC).

28 Jun 2012 description


  • Record harvest estimated for 2012 Maha season paddy crop

  • The 2011 aggregate rice output declined

  • Price of rice has been decreasing since the beginning of the year while price of wheat flour increased sharply in May 2012

  • Overall food security situation has improved

Record harvest estimated for 2012 Maha season paddy crop

30 Apr 2012 description

This report covers the period 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2011

27 Mar 2012 description

Key messages

  • Rice prices have been rising in the last months but stabilized in January while wheat flour prices, although remained stable, were very high, mainly due to import dependence.

  • Although food security has improved, poor groups particularly children suffer from high levels of malnutrition. Agencies are concerned over a serious food security situation.

12 Mar 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

By Amantha Perera

WELIGAMA, Sri Lanka, Mar 11, 2012 (IPS) - The gentle waves of Weligama bay that lap at the small, tight-knit fishing village of Kaparratota, 140 km south of Colombo, can be deceptive.

On Nov. 25 last year, tragedy struck Kaparratota when gale-force winds moving north churned up the seas leaving 14 fishers from this village dead - the bodies of 11 of them were never recovered.

23 Jan 2012 description

This report indicates the UN and NGO partner response to continuing humanitarian needs and early recovery concerns, in support to the Sri Lankan Government’s efforts to rebuild the former conflict-affected regions. Activities show progress towards the sectoral priorities and goals described in the 2011 Joint Plan for Assistance


06 Jan 2012 description


Asia and the Pacific continues to live up to its reputation as the world’s most natural-disaster-prone region. The International Disaster Database, EM-DAT, reports 89 natural-disaster events in the region in 2011. In terms of the number of events, China (14), Indonesia (6) and the Philippines (22) top the list. However, Japan, the Philippines and Thailand suffered the greatest number of lives lost.

27 Dec 2011 description
report IRIN

COLOMBO, 26 December 2011 (IRIN) - Seven years after a devastating tsunami struck Sri Lanka, more work still needs to be done to secure an effective early-warning system, officials say.

More than 30,000 Sri Lankans lost their lives in the Indian Ocean tsunami of 26 December 2004 that struck 13 countries and left more than 200,000 dead across the region.

"We need to improve communication between the agencies," Pradeep Kodippili, assistant director, early warning, at the government's Disaster Management Centre (DMC) told IRIN in Colombo, the capital.

23 Dec 2011 description

23 December 2011
This report covers the period 1 July 2011 to 31 December 2011.

In brief

22 Dec 2011 description

The Disaster Management Centre informs that 10,225 families have been displaced due to the inclement weather situation and majority of them are from the Kilinochchi District. The situation has also affected holding of the GCE ordinary level examination in some areas.

21 Dec 2011 description
report Save the Children

Thursday 22 December 2011

2011 has been the busiest year for Save the Children’s Humanitarian Emergencies team in our 90-year history: 45 emergency responses, in 38 different countries. We’re really very tired.

But the first few days of an emergency are critical. It’s simple. It’s life and death. The faster we respond, the more lives we save.

This year we flew aid planes into conflict zones, faced a nuclear threat in Japan, and launched responses in the aftermath of countless floods, droughts and earthquakes.

On the frontline

19 Dec 2011 description

Persons with Disabilities Forced to Live Under Difficult Circumstances Due to the Civil War and Floods

From the end of 2010 to the beginning of 2011, approximately 1,000,000 people have been affected by the massive flooding in eastern Sri Lanka. AAR JAPAN dispatched an emergency support team from its Tokyo Headquarters office and distributed food and essential non-food items to a total of approximately 1,600 families.

01 Dec 2011 description


  • The 2011 annual rice output is estimated to decline slightly from 2010, following flood damage to paddy crop in the main (Maha) season

  • Rice prices increased slightly in November while wheat flour prices remain stable

  • Over 1 million people were affected by the floods earlier in the year in the east and central parts of the country

The 2011 annual rice output is estimated to be lower than in 2010, following flood damage to the Maha season paddy crop

29 Nov 2011 description

The death toll due to heavy rains accompanied by stormy winds in Sri Lanka’s southern coastal areas rose to 20.

Heavy rains and stormy winds that affected several districts in Sri Lanka have affected more than 60,000 people while displacing over 6000 persons.

The Disaster Management Centre DMC Monday morning said that 66286 people of 16837 families have been affected, the death toll rose to 20 with 20 persons still reported missing. Most of the missing persons are reported to be fishermen went on fishing on the fateful day

28 Nov 2011 description

The President Mahinda Rajapaksa has directed state officials to assess the situation in the areas hit by heavy rains and winds yesterday November 25 and provide urgent relief to the people affected by the disaster immediately.

The President has met with relevant authorities this morning at the Temple Trees to discuss the immediate measures need to be taken to provide relief to the people affected by the heavy rains and winds in southern coastal areas.

28 Nov 2011 description

The Sri Lanka Red Cross branches in Matara and Galle swung into action immediately assisting with search and rescue, first aid and relief supplies

By Naveendra Senaratne & Zafran Packeerally – SLRCS/IFRC Communications Dept.

The death toll due to heavy rains accompanied by stormy winds in Sri Lanka’s southern coastal areas rose to 20.

Heavy rains and stormy winds that affected several districts in Sri Lanka have affected more than 60,000 people while displacing over 6000 persons.

28 Nov 2011 description

54,844 persons belonging to 13,663 families have been affected, a total of 1723 persons (427 families) have been displaced in temporary evacuation centers. There are 19 deaths,40 injured and 43 missing are reported. Moreover, there are 630 houses were fully damaged and 5491 houses were partially damaged (Source: Situation report 27th November 2011, 18.00 hrs DMC / District Secretariats).