Sri Lanka: Floods - Dec 2018

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Due to heavy rains and floods in five districts of the Northern Province on 22 December, more than 45,000 people from nearly 14,000 families had been affected according to the Disaster Management Center (DMC). The affected districts are Mullaithivu, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Vavuniya and Jaffna. Over 8,500 people had been sheltered in 52 welfare camps. The Navy and the Army personnel were engaged in relief and rescue missions in the Mullaithivu and Kilinochchi Districts, which are worst affected by the inclement weather condition. (Govt. of Sri Lanka, 23 Dec 2018)

As of 25 December, over 75,000 people have been affected by flash floods and heavy winds in the Northern Province. More than 11,000 people are staying in 35 evacuation centers as their homes were inundated. The Disaster Management Centre reported one death. Though flood waters were receding, the Meteorology Department warned shower or thundershowers will continue to occur in Northern, Eastern and North-central provinces. (Govt. of Sri Lanka, 25 Dec 2018)

Kilinochchi District Secretary Suntharam Arumainayaham said that all the District Secretaries have taken immediate steps to help the victims of floods in accordance with the guidance given by President Maithripala Sirisena. He pointed out that facilities have been provided already to all the persons sheltered in welfare centres. Even though the flood levels reduced in the Kilinochchi District, the people have returned to the welfare centres because of heavy rains. At present, nearly 18,000 families have been affected and all the essential requirements, including cooked food, dry rations and health facilities are being provided for them. (Gov't of Sri Lanka, 26 Dec 2018)

9,455 people have been displaced by flooding in Mullaithvu, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Vavuniya and Jaffna districts in north-east Sri Lanka and are now staying in 30 safety centres. Mullaithivu and Killinochchi, the two most affected districts, received more than 250 mm of rainfall over a 24 hour period on 22-23 December, the highest recorded rainfall in one day since 1983. The flooding has subsided as the weather improved over the last few days, with more than 2,000 people who had initially been displaced returning to their homes. The National Disaster Relief Services Center (NDRSC) has provided 49.5 million Sri Lankan Rupee (US$ 260,000) in cash allocations to address the immediate needs of those affected. (OCHA, 31 Dec 2018)

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