Sri Lanka: Floods and Landslides - Jun 2014
With the arrival of Southwest monsoon, the southern region of Sri Lanka received heavy rainfall with high winds within a short period of time in early June 2014. Kalutara district alone received 378mm of rainfall within six hours on 4 Jun, causing a massive landslide in the area. The floods and landslides caused 27 deaths and a total of 104,476 people (25,538 families) were affected in eleven out of the country's 25 districts. Over 1,300 houses were damaged and 288 houses were destroyed by floods, landslides and high winds. Since the southwest monsoon brings in water only to the southern and western region of the country, the the Northern, Eastern and North-central regions continue to experience drought conditions and suffer from food insecurity, water scarcity and loss of livelihoods. (OCHA, 29 Aug 2014)
On 29 Oct, a landslide occurred at the Koslanda tea plantation in Badulla district, about 220 km east of Colombo. (OCHA, 3 Nov 2014) As of 5 Nov, the Disaster Management Center reported that search and rescue teams had recovered 10 bodies, and that 1,875 people were affected, five people injured and 28 people still missing. (OCHA, 10 Nov 2014)
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Houses built for victims of the Meeriyabedda landslide are to be vested to them before 'Deepavali" in October this year. According to army media sources 75 houses built in Makaladeniya, close to Diyaluma are to be given to the beneficiaries.
The devastating landslide which happened in October 2014 had claimed several lives and displaced many families. Soon after the incident the army was entrusted with the task of constructing new houses in close coordination with the relevant authorities. Houses are built in state land provided by the government.
Islamic Relief’s latest project in eastern Sri Lanka has enabled more than 1,300 children to remain in school, as disaster-affected families struggle to make ends meet.
Last year, families in Ampara district were hit by severe drought followed by flash floods which affected nearly 79,000 households. Over 60 per cent of paddy land in the area was deluged, livestock killed, homes damaged, and many people displaced.
Niger: 10,000 refugees arrived in Diffa region from Damasack, Nigeria. Most were fleeing forced recruitment by Boko Haram, and some unaccompanied children were reported. More than 105,000 people have arrived from Nigeria since May 2013, and the rate is increasing. The newly displaced are in a critical situation, and Diffa faces serious gaps in service provision.
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Ethiopia: Waters have begun to recede from Leitchuor refugee camp in Gambella, but few refugees have returned to the camps so far, where alarming rates of severe malnutrition persist: 5.7% in Leitchuor, 7.8% in Kule, and 10% in Tierkidi. In SNNPR, flooding was reported, while in Oromia, water trucking has begun for populations affected by drought.
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Description of the event
On October 29th 2014, at 7:30 am a landslide struck the village of Koslanda in the Haldummulla division of Badulla district in Sri Lanka. The landslide was triggered by the monsoon rains, which lasted a few days in a raw and killed at least 16 people and left an estimated 200 missing. Right after the tragedy, AMDA HQs decided to conduct the emergency relief activities to help the affected people.
On 29 October 2014, at approximately 7:30 am, a landslide occurred in the Meeriyabedde Division of Koslanda Tea Estate which is in the Haldumulla Divisional Secretariat Division in Badulla District.
Author: Amantha Perera
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Nov 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Four days before the village of Meeriyabedda was swept by a landslide that killed at least 10 people, district officials received early warning that the area was in danger - but those warnings were not effectively relayed to villagers, officials said this week.
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Snapshot 5–11 November
Central African Republic: About 20,000 displaced people are seeking refuge in isolated rural areas in Ouham province following the arrival of armed groups in Boguila, Kouki and Nana Bakassa on 25 October. Nearly 1,000 people have been displaced since July in Bambari following violence in Batobadja and Matchika, and 4,000 have been displaced since January to Berberati town in Mambere province.
As of 5 Nov 2014, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) reported that search and rescue teams have recovered 10 bodies at the Koslanda tea plantation in Badulla estate. The DMC reported 1,875 people affected, five people injured and 28 people still missing.
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)
Speaking at the press briefing held yesterday (05th Nov) Director/Spokesperson MoD Media Centre Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya stated that, search and rescue operations and post disaster recovery process in Koslandawatta-Meeriyabedda of Haldummulla Divisional Secretariat is running in full-swing with the assistance of Armed Forces.