26/09/2017 – Matara, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society with the support from the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) has begun the construction of houses for people affected by the landslide in Morawakkanda in Deniyaya, Matara.
On the 25th May 2017, the Morawakkanda mountain gave way owing to massive rains experienced before. This resulted in the mountain collapsing over the village below. Over 25 families were affected. The landslide killed 6 people, and 12 are still missing presumed to be dead.
25/08/2017 – Kegalle, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society vested in public the first house completed for people affected by the Aranayake landslide in Kegalle yesterday (24th). This house was built by the funds donated by the public in Sri Lanka and the world over through online contributions.
On the 17th of May 2016, the Samasara mountain in Aranayake gave way and came atop three villages underneath burying it completely. According to Government estimates over 100 people died owing to this disaster.
03/08/2017 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: As the dengue epidemic continues to claim lives in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society in partnerships with the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has increased activities aimed at combating dengue epidemic in the island. As of now over 327 people have lost their lives while over 119, 773 have contracted the disease.
by Mahieash Johnney, Sri Lanka Red Cross Society
Saumya Sanesha reads a headline in one of the local newspapers which says, “Worst dengue outbreak in Sri Lanka; 298 deaths.” As she heads out the door, she thinks about the importance her day’s assignment and all the people in her community whose lives are at risk.
20/07/2017 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society & the Singapore Red Cross entered into a memorandum of understanding to provide relief and care for the people affected by the recent floods and landslides in Sri Lanka.