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Affected countries: Sri Lanka
The southwest monsoon weather conditions have caused rainfalls since 19 May 2018 in the southwest parts of the island. By 21 May, the precipitation triggered a flood and landslide situation in the country, which has affected thousands of lives and livelihoods, as well as caused property damage…
Affected countries: Sri Lanka
There is an increase in the number of dengue cases in Sri Lanka this year. Since January until 7 July 2017, as many as 82,543 dengue cases, including 250 deaths, have been reported by the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine. The number of cases this year is three-and-a-half times…
Affected countries: Sri Lanka
Incessant rains during the past 48 hours across Sri Lanka has affected over half a million people in 7 districts. Most affected was the Rathnapura district where over 20,000 people faced flash floods. In Galle, Neluwa, Tawalama, Niyagama, Baddegama areas were flooded. (Sri Lanka Red Cross Society,…
Affected countries: Sri Lanka
An estimated 520,000 people across eight provinces (Eastern, North Central, North Western, Northern, Sabaragamuwa, Uva, Central and Western) were affected by drought as of 13 October 2016. The Government has allocated US$140,000 and 159 water trucks to 22 districts. Some 60 schools have been closed…
Affected countries: Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka
On 15 May 2016, Sri Lanka was hit by a severe tropical storm that caused widespread flooding and landslides in 22 districts out 25 districts in the country, destroying homes and submerging entire villages. At least 104 people are known to have died following this disaster; 99 people are still…
Affected countries: Sri Lanka
On 15 May 2016 Sri Lanka was hit by a severe tropical storm that caused widespread flooding and landslides in 22 districts out 25 districts in the country, destroying homes and submerging entire villages. At least 104 people are known to have died following this disaster; 99 people are still…
Affected countries: Sri Lanka
Continuous heavy rain since mid-September 2015 in the southern regions resulted in floods and landslides, causing eight deaths and nine injuries. Over 7,300 people are affected by adverse weather conditions in 4 districts and 450 houses were partially damaged and 151 houses were fully damaged. A…
Affected countries: Sri Lanka
By 5 Jan 2015, an estimated 1.1 million people had been affected by floods, landslides and high winds since 19 Dec 2014 in 22 of 25 districts; 39 deaths had been reported. More than 30,000 people were staying in 230 safety centres in 17 districts. Over 6,400 houses were reportedly destroyed and an…
Affected countries: Sri Lanka
The northeast monsoon, which supplies water for agriculture across the key paddy producing areas of Sri Lanka, received below average rainfall for consecutive months between September 2013 and March 2014, leading to prolonged drought across most of the country. By April 2014, over 728,000 people…
Affected countries: Sri Lanka
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…
Affected countries: Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka
On 14 May, Cyclone Mahasen brought heavy rains and landslides to Sri Lanka, with seven people confirmed dead and 3,881 people displaced due to the resulting heavy rains and landslides. In Bangladesh, following the raising of warning signals to 7 from a possible 10 (expecting severe weather) for…
Affected countries: Sri Lanka
Heavy rains have battered Sri Lanka since the middle of December 2012, causing floods and landslides, which killed 36 people and affected over 300,000 (Govt, 27 Dec 2012). As of 21 Dec, over 56,000 people sheltered in 171 evacuation centers; almost 1,500 houses were destroyed and more than 4,800…
Affected countries: Sri Lanka
By the end of October 2012, drought had affected an estimated 1.8 million people in Sri Lanka according. Since December 2011, for the second consecutive season, rainfall had been scanty. As a result, many of the water reservoirs dried up, and people living in the worst-hit remote rural areas…
Affected countries: Sri Lanka
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…
Affected countries: Sri Lanka
A storm packing heavy rain and gusty winds lashed southern Sri Lanka, killing 20 and displacing more than 6,000 persons. The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said that 66,286 people of 16,837 families have been affected, with 20 still reported missing. Most of the missing persons are reported to be…
Affected countries: Sri Lanka
Heavy monsoon rains from November 2010 to February 2011 triggered devastating floods in 18 of Sri Lanka's 25 districts in the eastern, northern, north‐central and Uva provinces. According to the Government, close to 1.2 million people (319,451 families) were affected. Hundreds of families had…
Affected countries: Sri Lanka
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…