Sri Lanka: Severe Local Storm - Mar 2012

Disaster description

On 31 Mar 2012, a tornado accompanied by heavy winds, rain and hail hit zone 1 of Menik Farm, an IDP camp in Northern Sri Lanka. Out of a total of 1,200 shelters, 942 were damaged and over 20 people were injured. (OCHA, 3 Apr 2012)

Local authorities supported by the humanitarian agencies provided rapid assistance and re-established shelter and WASH facilities to ensure that basic needs were met. By 9 Apr, the situation had returned to normal. (OCHA, 9 Apr 2012)

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